Christopher Sutton

(c. 1565—1629) Church of England clergyman and devotional writer

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(c.1565–1629), devotional writer. Educated at Hart Hall and Lincoln College, Oxford, he held several livings in the E. counties. In 1605 he became a Canon of Westminster and in 1618 of Lincoln. His devotional books, written with much fervour, enjoyed great popularity. The most used was Godly Meditations upon the Most Holy Sacrament of the Lord's Supper (1601), in which, deprecating controversy, he sought to defend a doctrine of Christ's presence in the Eucharist midway between transubstantiation and the teaching of H. Zwingli, maintaining that while consecration effected no change in the substance of the elements it radically altered their use. The book was reissued by J. H. Newman with a fresh preface in 1838 and became popular for some years with the Tractarians. Sutton's Disce Mori (1600) and Disce Vivere (1602) were also reissued in the 19th cent.

From The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church in Oxford Reference.

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