Johannes Oecolampadius  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Johannes Œcolampadius, or Œkolampad (1482 – 24 November 1531) was a German religious reformer from the Electorate of the Palatinate. His real name was Hussgen or Heussgen, a name first changed to Hausschein and then into the Greek equivalent, which is derived from οἶκος oikos, "house," and λαμπάς (gen λαμπάδος) lampas, "lamp".

From the beginning the sermons of Oecolampadius centred on the atonement, and his first reformatory zeal showed itself in a protest (De risu paschali, 1518) against the introduction of humorous stories into Easter sermons.

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