One of the greatest challenges a church faces in establishing a collective understanding of Scripture is the diversity of teaching. The Two Books of Homilies Appointed to Be Read in Churches was written to tackle this challenge head-on. This text served the purpose of unifying the church through one fundamental understanding of Scripture. Queen Elizabeth appointed sermons from The Two Books of Homilies to be read aloud by all parsons, vicars, and curates every Sunday and holy day. The intent was to increase the wisdom of the body of the Church by ensuring that everyone was literally on the same page about sin, prayer, the resurrection, fasting, idolatry, and other various topics that were subject to misunderstanding after the Reformation. This text includes two books of these diverse and widely taught sermons.
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A dithering ecclesiastical Hamlet, an heretical schismatic, and an heroic defender of reformed Christianity, Thomas Cranmer has been vilified and praised with such words by his own and every succeeding generation.
—David Garrett, rector, parish of Seaforth
[Jewell is the] worthiest divine that Christendom hath bred for some hundreds of years . . .
—Richard Hooker, priest and theologian