Thomas Cranmers Doctrine of Repentance: Renewing the Power to Love

Paperback | December 19, 2006

byAshley Null

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Self-serving lackey, self-deceiving puppet, Swiss Protestant partisan, or sensible Erasmian humanist: which, if any, was Thomas Cranmer? For centuries historians have offered often bitterly contradictory answers. Although Cranmer was a key participant in the changes to English life broughtabout by the Reformation, his reticent nature and lack of extensive personal writings have left a vacuum that in the past has too often been filled by scholarly prejudice or presumption. For the first time, however, this book examines in-depth little used manuscript sources to reconstruct Cranmer'stheological development on the crucial Protestant doctrine of justification. The author explores Cranmer's cultural heritage, why he would have been attracted to Luther's thought, and then provides convincing evidence for the Reformed Protestant Augustinianism which Cranmer enshrined in theformularies of the Church of England. For Cranmer the glory of God was his love for the unworthy; the heart of theology was proclaiming this truth through word and sacrament. Hence, the focus of both was on the life of on-going repentance, remembering God's gracious love inspired grateful humanlove.

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Self-serving lackey, self-deceiving puppet, Swiss Protestant partisan, or sensible Erasmian humanist: which, if any, was Thomas Cranmer? For centuries historians have offered often bitterly contradictory answers. Although Cranmer was a key participant in the changes to English life broughtabout by the Reformation, his reticent nature a...

Ashley Null was formerly Research Fellow and Chaplain at the London Goodenough Trust, London.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:December 19, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199210004

ISBN - 13:9780199210008

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Introduction: The Theology of Thomas Cranmer1. Cranmer's Medieval Inheritance: Contrition as Repentance2. Cranmer's Doctrine of Repentance c.1520: Augustinian-Influenced Scotist Penance3. Cranmer's Doctrine of Repentance during the 1520s: Erasmian Penitence4. Cranmer's Doctrine of Repentance c.1537: Lutheran Sacramental Penance5. Being Made `Right-Willed' by Faith: Justification in `Cranmer's Great Commonplaces' c.15446. The Edwardian Years: Public Protestant AugustinianismConclusion

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