The Intellectual Context 1


in Luther’s Legacy

Published in print May 1994 | ISBN: 9780198263524
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682599 | DOI:
The Intellectual Context 1

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This chapter examines the influence of various non-Reformation traditions upon the thought of the English Reformers: patristic theology, scholastic theology, lollardy, and humanism. Each of them had a good grasp of patristic theology. For them, the medieval era was a period corrupted by pagan philosophy and it was their task to return to the purer doctrine of an earlier age. The influence of England's proto-reform movement carried on at popular level by the Lollards was not profound on the English Reformers. Humanism was far more important, particularly through the influence of Erasmus at Cambridge. It is humanism which provided the immediate intellectual context in which they interpreted and developed the theology of the continental Reformation.

Keywords: patristic theology; scholastic theology; lollardy; humanism; Erasmus; continental Reformation

Chapter.  9309 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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