An Inconvenient Conciliar Truth - Part 02
Some folks seem to find relying on councils a comfort. For these folks, there are some inconvenient facts that they must face. This post is the second in what, Lord willing, will be a multi-part series.
Council of Trent (1545 to 1563) - Not Prior to the Reformation
Those who oppose Reformation theology sometimes act as though the Council of Trent, and its teachings against Sola Scriptura and against Justification by Faith Alone, were dogmatically defined teachings prior to those who are thought of as the first generation reformers. The inconvenient facts are that:
1) Luther died about the time the council of Trent started (it started December 1545, and he died February 18, 1546); and
2) Calvin died about the time the council of Trent ended (it ended December 4, 1563, and he died May 27, 1564).
Meanwhile other Reformers, like Ulrich Zwingli (1484 - 1531), died even before Trent was assembled.
And, of course, this list excludes those Reformers who themselves pose an inconvenient truth by predating Luther - such as Huss (c. 1372 - 1415) and Wycliffe (c. 1325 - 1384).