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From the Winter 2015 issue of Knowing & Doing:  

The Legacy of John Hus

by Tom Schwanda,  Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry at Wheaton College

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 Clearly the life and teaching of John Hus was significant not only for Luther and other early Protestants, but also for us today. It is fitting to conclude with the famous words for which Hus is often remembered: “Therefore faithful Christian, seek the truth, listen to the truth, learn the truth, love the truth, speak the truth, adhere to truth and defend truth to the death.”31

  1 Czech and European writers typically refer to Hus as Jan Hus. Most Americans call him John Hus or Huss. I will follow the lead of most American publications and use Hus.
  2 Matthew Spinka, trans., Letters of John Hus (Totowa, NJ: Rowman and Littlefield, 1972), 51, cf. 53, 36, etc.
  3 Ľubomír Batka, “Jan Hus’ Theology in a Lutheran Context,” Lutheran Quarterly 23 (2009): 1. Luther’s approval is further demonstrated by the prefaces he wrote for various editions of Hus’s writings. Martin Luther, Luther’s Works: Sermons on the Gospel of St. John chapters 17–20, ed. Christopher Boyd Brown, vol. 69 (St. Louis: Concordia, 1958), 25 n 53.
  4 Harry Emerson Fosdick, ed., Great Voices of the Reformation: An Anthology (New York: Random House, 1952), 40. Huss chapter at 37–65.
  5 David Otis Fuller, ed., Valiant for the Truth: A Treasury of Evangelical Writings (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1961), ix. Huss chapter at 81–92.
  6 James McGraw, Great Evangelical Preachers of Yesterday (New York: Abingdon, 1961), 7, 8. Huss chapter at 19–23.
  7 Ibid., 9.
  8 Timothy Larsen, ed., Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2003), 1. Hus entry at 321–22.
  9 Thomas Fudge, “Hussite Theology and the Law of God,” in The Cambridge Companion to Reformation Theology, ed. David Bagchi and David C. Steinmetz (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), 25.
 10 Ibid., 24; Thomas A. Fudge, Jan Hus: Religious Reform and Social Revolution in Bohemia (London: I.B. Tauris, 2010), 49, 50, 51, 60.
  12 Ibid., 103, cf. 186, etc.
  13 Ibid., 77, 93, 107.
  14 bid., 115, cf. 93, 122, where Hus reinforces the necessity of both knowing and living out the truths of Scripture.
  15 Ibid., 90, 34.
  16 Ibid., 100–01, cf. 36, 52, 53. Hus is adamant that Jesus Christ is the true head of the church. Spinka, ibid., 96, etc.

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