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Johann Adam Scherzer


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John Adam Scherzer (1628-1683), one of the supreme representatives of high Lutheran Scholasticism, was born on August 1, 1628 in Eger Bohemia. His father, a Protestant lawyer, left Bohemia with his family to resettle in Franconia in 1629, largely as a result of the return of Bohemia, in 1620, to the staunchly Roman Catholic house of Hapsburg. Scherzer studied natural science and medicine at Altdorf, and later philosophy and theology, first at Jena and then at Leipzig. Daniel Stahl, a celebrated Lutheran philosopher in his day, taught Scherzer philosophy at Jena, making a lasting impression on the young man. At Jena Scherzer also studied theology under the irenic John Musaeus, and at Leipzig under the decidedly less irenic John Huelsemann, who seems to have exercised a greater influence on him. Beginning in 1654, he taught philosophy at Leipzig as an extraordinary professor (something like an assistant professor), and later Hebrew and theology. He attained the rank of ordinary professor (something like a full professor) in 1670. He held the office of dean of the theological faculty six times, of rector of the university thrice, and also served in several higher positions in the Saxon Lutheran church.




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12 Preus, The Theology of Post Reformation Lutheranism, vol. 1, p. 57.

13 Preus, These include: Anti-Bellarminus sive in iv tomos controversarium Roberti Francisci Romuli Belarmini, Leipzig, 1681, 1703

14 Preus, Bibliothecae pontificae tomus ob causas in dedicatione allegatas, Leipzig, 1677

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17 Preus, Collegium anti-Calvinianum, Leipzig, 1703

18 Preus, Theses anti-syncretisticae, Leipzig, 1670

19 Scherzer, De jure naturae et gentium (1673)

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21 Robert Preus, The Theology of Post-Reformation Lutheranism, vol. 1

22 Leinsle, Introduction to Scholastic Theology.

23 Scherzer’s Vade mecum

24 Claude Welsh, Protestant Thought in Nineteenth Century, 2 vol., New Haven: Yale University Press, vol. 1, pp. 30-39.

25 Leinsel, Introduction to Scholastic Theology, pp. 311-312

26 Scherzer, 1682 Nucleus philosophiae quadripartitus.

27 Scherzer, like most Lutheran Scholastics, was more critical of the Reformed than of Roman Catholics.

28 Antognazza, Leibniz, pp. 24-26.

29 Antognazza, Systema theologiae, Locus XIV, # XVII.

30 Leinsle, Introduction to Scholastic Theology, pp. 314-315.

31 Scherzer, Trifolium orientale, continens commentarios R. Abarbenelis in Haggaeum, R. Sal. Jarchi in Parsh. I. Geneseos et R. Mos. Majemonidae theolgiam, cum versione latina, notis philologico-philosophicis et appendice speciminis theologiae mythicae Ebraeorum, Leipzig, 1663.

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34 Ursinus, Doctrinae Christianae compendium (1584).

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39 Althaus, The Theology of Martin Luther, pp. 17-18.

40 Althaus, The Theology of Martin Luther, p. 16, ft. 7

41 Althaus, The Theology of Martin Luther, pp. 15-17.

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48 Julius Köstlin, The Bondage of the Will, pp. 203-207.

49 Confession Concerning Christ’s Supper, in Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings, edited by Timothy F. Lull, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1989, pp. 357-404.

50 The Transformation of Natural Philosophy: The Case of Philip Melanchthon, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

51 Philip Melanchthon, Loci communes (1555)

52 Clyde L. Manschreck, On Cristian Doctrine, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1965

53 Ann Arbor: Baker, 1982, Locus IV, pp. 48-50

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55 Clyde L. Manschreck, “Oration on Aristotle,” in Orations on Philosophy and Education, esp. pp. 210-211.

56 Initia doctrinae physicae (1549)

57 Kusukawa, The Transformation of Natural Philosophy, pp. 144-160.

58 On Christian Doctrine, Locus II, pp. 11-38.

59 Robert Preus, The Theology of Post-Reformation Lutheranism, vol. 1, pp. 47-49.

60 Martin Chemnitz, Loci theologici, 2 vol., translated by J.A.O. Preus, St. Louis: Concordia, 1969, vol. 1, pp. 69-73.

61 Robert Preus, The Theology of Post-Reformation Lutheranism, vol. 2, pp. 115-116, 121-127.

62 Sherzer, Rule II of Title VI, ad finem.

63 Ibid, ad finem.

64 Antognazza, Leibniz, pp. 55-57.

65 Antognazza, Leibniz, pp. 47-50.

66 Scherzer’s Theses anti-syncretisticae

67 Eric Lund, Documents from the History of Lutheranism: 1517-1750, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2002, pp. 237-240.

68 Goldmine, Section I, Chapter II, pp. 11-15.

69 “Preface to the General Science” (1677), and Antognazza, Leibniz, pp. 92-96.

70 “Principles of a Logical Calculus” (1679).

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72 Donald Rutherford, Leibniz and the Rational Order of Nature, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995, p. 76.

73 Discourse on Metaphysics, explanation of proposition 8.

74 Daniel D. Novatný, Ens rationes from Suárez to Caramuel, New York: Fordham University Press, 2013, pp. 28, 41-42, 102.

75 Rutherford, Leibniz and the Rational Order of Nature, pp. 76-77.

76 New Essays on Human Understanding, translated and edited by Peter Remnant and Jonathan Bennett, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982, Book II, Chap. xxvii, 231-233.

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