1778 · Leipzig:
"Schro?ckh…sympathized with Erasmus' stand in the free-will controversy against Luther's extreme determinism, which, says Schro?ckh, the modern Protestant church does not feel committed to defend. …Schro?ckh stands by the narrower Lutheran definition of the Reformation. …In Planck and Schro?ckh, despite their differences, Protestantism and the Enlightenment remained in easy association" (Mansfield. p. 46).
"The notion of Luther as the embodiment of the German Volksgeist, for example, could not but degenerate into that of simple patriotism, or 'Luther the German.' On this view, when Luther enjoined obedience to the secular authorities on the occasion of the peasants' revolt, he laid the groundwork for 'respect for the authorities and for the inner peace of the state'—so says church historian, Johann Matthias Schro?ckh (1733-1808). Indeed, according to Schro?ckh, in the intervening centuries all of Europe should have come to understand that the Protestant religion 'is alone suited to the legitimate power and the true interests of the princes,' and that 'all of this is, without doubt, Luther's work'" (Perkins, pp. 69-70).
The frontispiece of Luther is fine example of German engraver Johann Benjamin Bruhl (1691-1763).
Schrockh "was an Austrian-German historian and literary scholar born in Vienna. He was a grandson to Pietist preacher Matthias Bel (1684-1749)" (Wikip.). REFERENCES: Backus, Irena & Philip Benedict, Calvin and His Influence, 1509-2009, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011; Mansfield, Bruce, Man on His Own: Interpretations of Erasmus, c. 1750-1920, Vol. 2, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1992; Perkins, Robert L. [ed.], For Self-examination and Judge for Yourself!, Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2002. (Inventory #: LV2122)