Concordia Theological Monthly

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luther, lutheran, bilney, english, cambridge, erasmus, doctrine, latimer, melanchthon, thirlby, wittenberg

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The First English Lutherans and the First English Lutheran Theological Seminary

''Martin Luther" is written over the page with the names of Gardiner, Cranmer, Thirlby, and Bilney, the degree list of Cambridge in 1521.

A committee was sent to London to have Luther's books examined and to get an order from Cardinal Wolsey to burn them - Drs. Humfrey; Robert Ridley, uncle of the martyr; John Watson, praised by Erasmus; and Henry Bullock, a pupil of Erasmus, ''most learned Bovillus," now professor of Greek and vice-chancellor.

The books were burned on Market Hill about the Easter term, and the grand spectacle was graced by the august presence of the magnificent cardinal, Chancellor John Fisher of Rochester, and Vice-chancellor Bullock. Can we not see gown and town assisting at this act of faith?


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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1 Timothy 1:15;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars