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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Protestant Reformer, born in the Palatinate of the Rhine; was the scholar of the German Reformation, and a wise friend of Luther's, having come into contact with him at Wittenberg, where he happened to be professor of Greek; he wrote the first Protestant work in dogmatic theology, entitled "Loci Communes," and drew up the "Augsburg Confession"; the sweetness of temper for which he was distinguished, together with his soberness as a thinker, had a moderating influence on the vehemence of Luther, and contributed much to the progress of the Reformation; he was the Erasmus of that movement, and combined the humanist with the Reformer, as George Buchanan did in Scotland (1497-1560).
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Melanchthon, Philip'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/m/melanchthon-philip.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.