Being Made ‘Right-Willed’ by Faith: Justification in ‘Cranmer’s Great Commonplaces’ circa 1544

Ashley Null

in Thomas Cranmer’s Doctrine of Repentance

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780198270218
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683954 | DOI:
Being Made ‘Right-Willed’ by Faith: Justification in ‘Cranmer’s Great Commonplaces’ circa 1544

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Thomas Cranmer further explained his arguments for solifidianism that he previously outlined to Henry by proving that actions done before justification are not pleasing to God, and that God forgave sinners not because of their personal merit, but because of how they applied Christ's righteousness. Cranmer argued that actions have to be rooted on ‘pure faith’ and a love for God for these to become acceptable, where ‘pure faith’ concerns fiducia and fruitful living. Faith can then be said to be defective in two ways, by being linked with fear or by lacking the fruit of love. Cranmer strongly argued that associating human effort with justification is considered human pride. Generally, Cranmer's presentation of solifidianism relied on repentance as turning to and by God.

Keywords: Thomas Cranmer; solifidianism; fiducia; God; Christ; justification; pride; repentance

Chapter.  24748 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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