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Cranmer’s Doctrine of Repentance <i>circa</i> 1520: Augustinian-Influenced Scotist Penance

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/9780198270218.003.0003
Cranmer’s Doctrine of Repentance circa 1520: Augustinian-Influenced Scotist Penance

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This chapter focuses on issues that arose during Thomas Cranmer's stay at Cambridge University, and how these have helped establish Cranmer's beliefs regarding humanism and scholasticism. Since Cranmer was trained as a Scotist, he underwent the following teachings: first, he was taught to value human freedom as the highest faculty of the soul; second, he was taught that humans have the capacity to ‘love moral goodness for its own sake’; third, he was taught that salvation was a result of God's acceptance; and lastly, he would have been taught that salvation depended on God's plan of eternal life. Fisher, Cambridge's chancellor and leading Augustinian-influenced theologian, believed that his doctrine would help the penitent to become ‘good’. Cranmer, believing Fisher, was convinced more by Protestant interpretations.

Keywords: Fisher; Cambridge University; Scotist; humanism; scholasticism; scholastic theology; Protestant; freedom; soul; salvation

Chapter.  6759 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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