Tuesday, January 14, 2014

"They also are to be accursed that presume to say that every man shall be saved by the law or sect which he professeth, so that he be diligent to frame his life according to that law and the light of nature. For Holy Scripture doth set out to us only the name of Jesus Christ, whereby men must be saved."

     Article 18 of the Thirty-nine articles, as reproduced in Creeds and confessions of faith in the Christian tradition, vol. 2, part 4:  Creeds and confessions of the Reformation era, ed. Pelikan & Hotchkiss (New Haven, CT:  Yale Universitiy Press, 2003), p. 533.  E. C. S. Gibson (1896-1897), vol. 2, p. 490, fingers the Anabaptists in general, and the somewhat later Matthew Hamant, who was burned at a Norwich stake in 1579, in particular.

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