Think Reformation and you will get two (general) responses: awe from those who know, and snickering guffaws from the idiots who pretend to know but who really don’t. Anyway, below is a list of people who have played great roles (read: used mightily by God) in bringing back the doctrines of grace.
This is not to say that they were infallible. On the contrary, some of them carried perhaps “unbiblical” beliefs to the grave. But they are giants in the faith, and we stand on the shoulders of giants.
John Hus, Jerome of Prague, Savonarola, Peter Waldo, Johan Wessel, John Wycliffe, Theodore Beza, Martin Bucer, Heinrich Bullinger, Martin Luther, Johannes Hus, John Calvin, Wolfgang Fabricius Capito, Martin Chemnitz, Thomas Cranmer, William Farel, Matthias Flacius, Caspar Hedio, Justus Jonas, John Knox, Jan Łaski, Philipp Melanchthon, Johannes Oecolampadius, Peter Martyr, Aonio Paleario, Laurentius Petri, Olaus Petri, John Wycliffe, William Tyndale, Joachim Vadian, Pierre Viret, Huldrych Zwingli.
I’m sure there are many, many more “unsung heroes” in the history of our Protestant faith. God knows who they are, and God’s acknowledgment is certainly far greater than our own. God bless them, one and all!
PS. Wouldn’t it be great to have coffee with these guys, and just discuss theology? Especially Calvin and Zwingli? What an afternoon that would be!