Luther's Legacy: Salvation and English Reformers, 1525-1556

By Carl R. Trueman | Go to book overview

INTRODUCTION

IT is only in the last fifty years that serious interest has been shown in the theology of the English Reformation. Before that time, the English Reformers had loomed larger as symbols of the ferocity of the religious conflict of the sixteenth century than as theologians. With the exception of the attempts made by the members of the Oxford Movement and their opponents to claim them as precursors, the English Reformers were largely ignored in terms of their theology and were generally regarded as poor copies of their continental counterparts.

However, in recent decades an increasing interest has been shown in the works of these men in terms of their theological content, and many previous presuppositions have been called into question.

As a result of this renewed interest, the theology of the English Reformers is now the subject of a growing number of secondary studies. Many of these studies are concerned with Eucharistic theology. This reflects the fact that the Eucharist was a central issue of the English Reformation. However, the doctrine of salvation was also important. After all, salvation lies at the very heart of Reformation theology and determines, to a large extent, the nature of Eucharistic doctrine. Various scholars have dealt with aspects of soteriology to varying degrees, but no single study has taken this as its theme and examined the thinking of the English Reformers in this area.

This study is divided into three parts. Part One deals with the historical and intellectual context of the five English Reformers: Chapter 1 contains brief biographies of the five men, highlighting the political forces which shaped their careers; Chapter 2 examines the influence of various non-Reformation traditions upon their thought; and Chapter 3 is a brief outline of those aspects of continental Reformation theology which are particularly relevant for a correct understanding of the

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • Note on Texts xi
  • Abbreviations xii
  • Introduction 1
  • Part One - The Historical and Intellectual Context 7
  • 1 - Five Roads to Martyrdom 9
  • 2 - The Intellectual Context 1 31
  • 3 - The Intellectual Context 2 54
  • Part Two - The Reformers Under Henry VIII 81
  • 4 - William Tyndale 83
  • 5 - John Frith 121
  • 6 - Robert Barnes 156
  • Conclusion to Part Two 198
  • Part Three - The Reformers Under Edward VI and Mary 203
  • 7 - John Hooper 205
  • 8 - John Bradford 243
  • Conclusion to Part Three 289
  • Bibliography 294
  • Index 303
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