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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

On the English Reformation

Prof. William Tighe has written a short piece on his thoughts of what happened in the English Reformation. This may provoke discussion! I have linked it here for any who may be interested in reading it.

I have not posted very much recently as I am trying to finish a paper on looking at the question of whether or not Lancelot Andrewes can be defined as a 'symbolic instrumentalist' as Calvin is described by B.A. Gerrish in his book Grace & Gratitude. Scholars such as Bryan Spinks in his work Sacraments, Ceremonies and the Stuart Divines seems to think he can. Looking at some sermons that have, for the most part, been neglected of any scholarly attention (save Drs. Marianne Dorman and Peter McCullough of Oxford) in Apospasmatia Sacra, I have found that Andrewes and Calvin are not singing the same tune on instrumentalism.

Here is a small piece of what I have found concerning Andrewes's position.

"It pleased God to take away the Prophets sinnes by touching his lips. And albeit he can take away our sins, without touching of bread or wine, if he will; yet in the councell of his will, he commandeth unto us the sacramental partaking of his body and blood. It is his will, that our sins shall be taken away by the outward act of the sacrament: The reason is, not only in regard of ourselves, which consists of body and soul, and therefore have need both of bodily and Ghostly meanes, to assure us of our Salvation; but in regard of Christ himself, who is the burning Cole."

Interesting words!

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