Amandus, Johann

Amandus, Johann doctor of theology and superintendent at Goslar, where he died, in 1530, was formerly a Romish priest, but soon embraced the doctrine of the'Lutheran Reformation. He was called as first Lutheran pastor to Konigsberg, where he preached his first sermon, Nov. 29, 1523. He soon came in conflict with his colleague Brissmann, whom Luther had sent there, and the result was that he had to leave the city. His unruly temperament did not suffer him long in one place, and thus he had to go from city to city. His mutinous sermons caused riots everywhere, and he was finally put in prison by the duke of Pomerania. He appeared again at Goslar, was appointed superintendent, and built a new school; but here also he caused difficulties between the citizens and the magistrates which resulted in disturbances, changed the liturgy, and was suspected of being a secret adherent of Zwingli's doctrine of the Lord's supper. He wrote, Vom geistlichen Streit der Christen (1524). See Corvinus, Wahrh. Bericht, dass'das Wort Gotts ohn Tumult ohn Schwermerey zu Goslar und Braunschweigk gepredigt wird. (W. Henb. 1529); Arnoldt, Historie d. Kinigsb. Universitdt, 2, 475. (B. P.)

 
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