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Introduction: The Theology of Thomas Cranmer

Ashley Null

in Thomas Cranmer’s Doctrine of Repentance

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780198270218
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683954 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270218.003.0001
Introduction: The Theology of Thomas Cranmer

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Thomas Cranmer took down Catholicism's hegemony over English society by using the powers of his position to encourage the Protestant faith. Cranmer was martyred because of his support for justification and Holy Communion sola fide. Cranmer gave the English people a liturgy that articulates aspirations of the human spirit with rhetoric and clarity; he was then named the founding father of Anglicanism as a theological balance. Cranmer was firm toward evangelicals who threatened his actions on reform; in spite of the pressures he experienced, he always found himself able to forgive his enemies. The foundation of Cranmer's faith relied on this commitment to love his enemies since he believed that this was necessary for salvation. Throughout Cranmer's writings, emphasis for God's love for the unworthy was a common theme.

Keywords: Thomas Cranmer; Protestant; justification; Holy Communion; faith; love; God; Anglicanism; salvation

Chapter.  10745 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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