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John Bradford

CARL R. TRUEMAN

in Luther’s Legacy

Published in print May 1994 | ISBN: 9780198263524
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682599 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263524.003.0010
John Bradford

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This chapter discusses John Bradford's theology. The first section provides a brief background of Bradford's writings, noting that he wrote most of these while he was in prison. The second section discusses his views on the concepts of election and predestination. The third section considers the practical nature of predestination. The fourth section explores the broader themes of salvation. Election is a very important doctrine to Bradford, deriving from his early need to find assurance of God's favour and his contact with Martin Bucer. He stressed that God's revelation is to be the only source of knowledge concerning predestination, and that this revelation teaches that God decreed in eternity to save particular individuals. Few references in his writings to broader aspects of soteriology all have a common theme with the union of Christ.

Keywords: John Bradford; election; predestination; salvation; Bucer; union of Christ; revelation

Chapter.  18524 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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