Loci Communes

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Loci Communes or Loci communes rerum theologicarum seu hypotyposes theologicae (Latin for Common Places in Theology or Fundamental Doctrinal Themes) was a work by the Lutheran theologian Philipp Melanchthon published in 1521[1] (other, modified editions produced in the life of the author occurred in: 1535, 1543 and 1559). Martin Luther said of it that "Next to Holy Scripture, there is no better book," and its existence is a common reason given for why Luther never wrote a systematic theology of his own. In an overture to the English king, Henry VIII, to gain the English crown as converts to Lutheran protestantism, Philipp Melanchthon provided a dedication to the king in one of his printed editions.[2] The book lays out Christian doctrine by discussing the "leading thoughts" from the Epistle to the Romans, and these thoughts were intended to guide the reader to a proper understanding of the Bible in general.


  1. ^ Diarmaid MacCulloch, The Reformation, Penguin Books, 2005, p. 140.
  2. ^ McKim, Donald K., Philip Melanchthon and the English Reformation, Church History, 2007

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