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A Sober Assessment of Reformational Drinking

June 19, 2006

There was a great article by this name that appeared about six years ago in a issue of Modern Reformation magazine. I’ve lost my copy and have searched several times online for it in vain. But today it has been located for me (ht: fruittart).

It’s a church history piece. Here’s a favorite quote that perhaps someone will act on at the next budget meeting…

“Calvin’s yearly salary in Geneva included several barrels of wine. The Town Council recognized the large number of guests he would be expected to entertain, thus he was given “the substantial annual salary of 500 florins, together with twelve measures of wheat and two bossets (perhaps 250 gallons) of wine.”

Click here and scroll down just a bit to the May 9th post and click “continue reading”…

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  1. June 20, 2006 6:06 am

    oh my! That Martin Luther. I always forget how saucy he gets. I love the following quotes:

    Definition of Drunkeness
    Drunkenness: when the tongue walks on stilts and reason goes forward under a half sail.

    In a Letter to his wife:
    You must wonder how long I am likely to stay or, rather, how long you will be rid of me. I keep thinking what good wine and beer I have at home, as well as a beautiful wife, or shall I say lord?

    thanks for that link Mike.

  2. June 21, 2006 1:54 pm

    I’m amazed by the following quote from “the Temperance Recorder!

    “… the Bible sanctions its moderate use—that there can be no immorality in such use … why we urge abstinence from all wine.”

    I cannot comprehend how a person could profess to be a Christian while urging abstinence from that which they acknowledge as being Biblically sanctioned.

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