This book is the first major and exclusive study of the Christian idea of salvation as seen through the eyes of five sixteenth-century English reformers: John Frith, John Hooper, Robert Barnes, John Bradford, and the famous Bible translator, William Tyndale. The author sets their views in context, both historically and intellectually, before engaging in a detailed and clear examination of all the relevant aspects of their thought, from election and justification to
the relationship between sacraments and salvation. The picture that emerges reveals not only the extensive impact of continental thought upon English Reformation theology, but also the manner in
which the writing of men such as Luther, Melanchthon, Bullinger and Bucer were used (often selectively and sometimes surprisingly) by the English reformers to support their own distinctive concerns. It also becomes clear that by 1556, English Protestantism, even at its highest level, had already experienced serious doctrinal tenstions concerning the nature of salvation, tensions which were a dark omen of future controversies.
`Carl Trueman ... is a sound guide both historically and theologically ... this is a major contribution to studies of English Reformation theology.'
`Trueman brilliantly justifies his choice of subjects and adequately confines his study to reformation soteriological polemics.'
`His research is so detailed that he is able to pick out the various nuances of the thought of each of the English thinkers he is considering. This work is a fine and detailed analysis of the soteriological writings of some of the key figures of the English reformation and describes some of the theological tensions which were early intimations of the doctinal controversies which were to find their full expression in England in the following century.'
Emma Hebblethwaite, Journal of Theological Studies, Vol. 48, No. 1, Apr '97
`Trueman's clear and thoughtful presentation of the complex relationship of English reformers to Luther, Melanchthon, and the broader Continental Reformation tranditions is a needed corrective.'
The Journal of Religion
`Soberly argued study.'
Religious Study Review
`A valuable contribution to the literature of Henrican reform.'
Each of the five reformers is presented with sympathy and in the second part of the book we are able to read them in their own words to a considerable extent ... it is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the role of English reformers on the shaping of the Church in England.