Cranmer’s Doctrine of Repentance during the 1520s: Erasmian Penitence

Ashley Null

in Thomas Cranmer’s Doctrine of Repentance

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780198270218
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683954 | DOI:
Cranmer’s Doctrine of Repentance during the 1520s: Erasmian Penitence

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In the 1530s, Thomas Cranmer rejected the notion that penitential acts helped a sinner become worthy of forgiveness because of Erasmus's teachings. According to Erasmus, true Christianity was drawn from the teachings in the New Testament; it focuses more on man's internal dispositions. The heart of Christianity, therefore, was a realistic programme of love rooted on a scriptural understanding of human conditions and virtues. Erasmus's work on contrition and confession described personal piety that led to pardon; one has to detest sin and, by God's love, intend to commit no further sin. Erasmus emphasized how God granted contrition as a divine gift to those who are really sincere about turning their servile fear into filial fear.

Keywords: Thomas Cranmer; Erasmus; New Testament; contrition; Christianity; love; sin; pardon

Chapter.  13690 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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