Did the theological heirs of John Calvin deviate from their heritage? Was Calvin’s dynamic biblical theology lost by his successors? Was the philosophical methodology of Aristotle introduced into Reformed theology by Theodore Beza and Zacharias Ursinus? This chapter considers these criticisms as they were applied in particular to the tradition of the Westminster Standards. T. F.
This article describes how upon his arrest, the English Reformer Thomas Cranmer first denied the truths he had defended throughout his ministry, and then when made to recant publicly, he refused to do so, leading to his being burned at the stake.
This article on church history gives an account of the Reformation in England. The Reformation in England is unique, since it did not take place through church men or theologians, but through kings. It was not religiously motivated, but rather political. God worked to build His church through individuals such as Henry VIII, Edward VI, Elizabeth I, and James I.
This article seeks to find answers to whether the Puritans were evangelistic in their preaching. Further it seeks to find out how they went about persuading souls to believe. It probes the nature of their confrontations, the language they used, and whether doctrines such as election, predestination, and particular redemption confined and restricted the scope of their evangelistic messages.
What was the Lollard movement and what was their theology and influence in England? Stackhouse argues for a limited impact that the Reformation in Europe had in England in the early years. His main point is that the early English Reformation theology owes much to the enduring strength of Lollardy. He focuses in particular on the works of William Tyndale.
This chapter is an introduction to John Owen and his most important works on sanctification. Sanctification meant for Owen that Christians are called to learn the art of battle. To fight the battle of faith Owen wants his readers to understand the nature of sin, the complexity of the human heart, and the goodness and provision of God.
This essay wants to focus attention on the career of Thomas Cranmer as a Reformer. A short historical overview is provided of his life and theological development before the author examines Cranmer's teaching on some of the major points of the Reformatlon. Particular attention is given to the Bible.