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John Huss: A Light Dawns in Europe

One man’s willingness to die for truth laid the foundation for a worldwide movement of freedom.

By Amy Lawaty Pavlovic

John Huss’s eyes drifted from the paper in his hand to the quiet landscape of Hussinetz, Bohemia, that autumn day in 1414. His mind thought back to the bustling capital city of Prague, where stood his own dear Bethlehem Chapel. There, every week, he had boldly preached God’s Word to hungry souls in their own familiar language and fearlessly rebuked the shameful crimes of the papacy.

Born July 6, 1373, Huss attended the University of Prague. He became deeply interested in the English Reformer John Wycliffe, whose writings had found their way into Bohemia. From his pulpit at Bethlehem, Huss taught that the Scriptures, not traditions and rituals, were the ultimate pattern for the Christian. Idols and relics, he said, were useless.

One hundred years before the Protestant Reformation, John Huss preached Bible truth in the familiar language of his Czech people.

Alarmed by Huss’s forthright and powerful influence, the

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  1. J. A. Wylie, The History of Protestantism, Vol. 1, Book 3, “John Huss and the Hussite Wars.”

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About the author

Amy Lawaty Pavlovic was an elementary education major at Hartland College when she wrote this article.