Concordia Theological Monthly

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henry viii, church of england, london, reform, clergy, divorce, economic, papacy, parliament

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Two more points I should like to stress to show how the soil was long prepared for just such a revolt against Rome as the English Reformation brought. As before stated, abuses like the immorality of the clergy and the scandalous indulgence traffic were never so prominent in England as on the Continent. Some one may think of the monasteries; but I shall speak of them later. But there were things that may also be called abuses in the regimen of the Church, which may seem little when we compare them with others, which, however, like a steadily growing toothache, racked the nerves of the people and brought them to the point where they were ready to revolt if it could be done in safety.


History of Christianity

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars