Monday 24 April 2017 at 7.45pm
Wesley Church, Christ’s Pieces, Cambridge
“Reformation and the end of Christendom: two visions”.
William Tyndale, whose biblical work and literary genius formed the basis of almost all subsequent translations of the bible into English, was the most influential promoter of Luther’s reformation in Early Tudor England. Tyndale was implacably opposed by England’s greatest Catholic Humanist, Thomas More, even though More’s earliest theological writings were themselves eloquent defences of the biblical scholarship of his friend Erasmus, and advocated the wider availability of accurate texts of the scriptures. The lecture explores the contrasting understandings of the Christian church and its renewal which set More and Tyndale in opposition to each other.
Eamon Duffy is Emeritus Professor of the History of Christianity in the University of Cambridge, and a fellow of Magdalene College. His books on the reformation include “The Stripping of the Altars”, “The Voices of Morebath”, and, most recently, “Reformation Divided: Catholics, protestants and the Conversion of England”.