"Prayer and Prophecy in the Reformed Tradition"
In Eastern Europe, the Reformed church developed in some unexpected directions. In Poland and Hungary, some Reformed theologians, inspired both by Erasmus’ critical work on the New Testament and by the Protestant instinct to deny anything not explicitly expressed in the Scriptures, rejected the doctrine of the Trinity as a post-apostolic development in Christian thought. Some of these Antitrinitarians organised into distinct communities which developed their own versions of the typical means through which Reformed communities inculcated doctrine, namely catechism and psalter. In this lecture I will explore the psalmody and catechesis of the Antitrinitarian Reformed communities; the ways in which Reformed Antitrinitarian communities employed these two indispensable means for communicating doctrinal distinctiveness and uniformity can illuminate the use of such means in the broader Reformed tradition.
Grantley McDonald is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford and leader of the FWF research project The court chapel of Maximilian I: between art and politics at the University of Vienna. He has been one of the editors of the Verzeichnis deutscher Musikdrucke (University of Salzburg) since its inception in 2012. He holds doctoral degrees in musicology (Melbourne, 2002) and history (Leiden, 2011). Grantley’s research has been distinguished with prizes from the Australian Academy of the Humanities (Canberra) and the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation (Amsterdam). He is author of Biblical Criticism in Early Modern Europe: Erasmus, the Johannine Comma and Trinitarian Debate (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016) and Marsilio Ficino in Germany, from Renaissance to Enlightenment: a Reception History (Geneva: Librairie Droz, 2013), and co-editor (with Andrea Lindmayr-Brandl and Elisabeth Giselbrecht) of Early Music Printing in German-Speaking Lands (London: Routledge, 2018). He is also active as a performing musician.