Fuchsberger, Ortolf (1490-1541)

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Ortolf (Ortolph) Fuchsberger (Fuchsperger), a lawyer and imperial councilor, who lived in Bavaria and Austria during the Reformation. He was a native of Tittmoning, studied at the University of Ingolstadt, and after a brief residence in Altötting he became court judge and secretary in the Mondsee (or Manse, Mänse) monastery. His first publication was a small text for the study of Latin, his last, Teutscher Jura regulae. The first book on logic in German and the first German translation of the Institutiones of Emperor Justinian were written by him. On 17 January 1528 he published in Landshut a Kurtze schlossrede wider den jrsall der neügerottenn Tauffer. It was addressed to Ernst Wolfgang Schwartzdorffer at Straubing, Bavarian treasurer, in order to show him with what arguments the abbot had brought some Anabaptists back into the Catholic Church. He concludes that since baptism takes the place of circumcision, baptism must like circumcision be performed in infancy, and proves his contention with references to the Bible, Origines,  Augustine, Raimundus Lullus, and the imperial law. He tries to prove that baptism does not assume express faith on the part of the infant, and to weaken the objection that circumcision cannot be used as an argument because it concerned only boys, whereas baptism concerns all children.


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Author(s) Ernst Crous
Date Published 1956

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