Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)


Historical Theology

First Advisor

Theodore Hoyer


The purpose of this thesis is to explore the reason which made Wycliffe the historical figure that he became, namely, his break with the Roman Catholic Church. The problem, the writer feels, can be stated in terms still more specific than this. He has attempted to do just that with the formulation of the thesis title, “the initial cause of Wycliffe’s break with the church." Usually, three causes are ascribed to Wycliffe’s break with the Mother Church: political, doctrinal, and moral. That other causes could be nominated, such as home life, or personal desire for recognition or willingness to vindicate men who had rebelled before, is not denied. However, since it is not within the scope of this paper to consider all these, the writer has arbitrarily limited himself to the three mentioned, believing that there is more or less general agreement as to the major importance attached to these causes.

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