William Tyndale


in Luther’s Legacy

Published in print May 1994 | ISBN: 9780198263524
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682599 | DOI:
William Tyndale

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This chapter examines William Tyndale, the discussion is divided into three sections: his early career, mid-career, and later career. From his earliest doctrinal writings, his soteriology was structured towards maintaining the ethical dimension of Christianity. He thought that the main purpose of salvation is to free man's will and not to put away man's moral guilt. His emphasis fell more upon the subjective activity of the Holy Spirit within the believer than upon the objective work of Christ. In the matter of works, Tyndale argued that they flow from the believer's response of love to God's salvation and can therefore be used as an outward sign of inward justification. He was a theologian who used the concepts of Luther in order to establish the ethical concerns of humanism.

Keywords: William Tyndale; early career; mid career; later career; law; works; Holy Spirit

Chapter.  16468 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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