his doctrines and faith in public conferences and discussions with the learned, and before the Magistrates at Augsburg, Nürnberg, Strasburg, Tübingen, and Ulm; often persecuted, and at least once--at Tübingen in 1535--tried for heresy, when he was so far acquitted as to be promised freedom of religious worship in private, though forbidden to speak publicly.
His life was one of unremitting labor. Besides preaching, he maintained an extensive correspondence with learned men and others of high rank throughout Germany and in Switzerland, and wrote many books and pamphlets, several editions of which were published--one in 1592, in four large quarto volumes. A spirit of deep and fervent piety pervaded his writings; and, although when controversy was forced upon him he stoutly defended his opinions upon disputed points of doctrine, he held that repentance of sin, purity of life, and humble trust in the cleasing efficacy of the blood of Christ were of infinitely more importance than subscription to dogmas and observance of the Sacraments. Hence he desired not to establish an independent church, but frequently declared, in his writings, his unwillingness to separate himself from any who loved Christ.
Notwithstanding the irreconcilable differences between himself and Luther, and the harsh
treatment which he had received from the latter after the Wittenberg conference, he never
ceased to frankly acknowledge his obligations and express in the warmest terms his
gratitude to the great reformer for the services he had rendered to him in common with all
who were seeking the truth; and as late as 1543, less than three years before Luther's
death, wrote him, earnestly and affectionately entreating him to examine his "Confession
of Faith Concerning the Person of Christ," a work then just published, and point out his
errors, if any. He died at the city of Ulm on the 10th of December, 1562, leaving a name
unspotted by any charge except that of heresy,
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