THE CAPTIVITY EPISTLES OF THE ENGLISH REFORMATION

by PHILIP E. HUGHES in Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015



“The Captivity Epistles of the English Reformation” was originally part of Philip E. Hughes’s book, Theology of the English Reformers, a selection of texts with commentaries by sixteenth-century English Reformers. “The Captivity Epistles” concludes a chapter on sanctification, thus placing the subject of martyrdom in the context of the Christian life. This section documents, through letters and narratives, the last days and martyrdoms of John Hooper, John Bradford, Nicholas Ridley, Hugh Latimer, and Thomas Cranmer. United with their Savior and in communion with other saints, these Reformers are examples of the grace of God exhibiting fruits such as joy, perseverance, trust, a sense of honor of suffering for Christ, and love for their persecutors.

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