In The Life and Opinions of John de Wycliffe (2 vols.), author Robert Vaughan provides a firm foundation for understanding John Wycliffe and the age that preceded him. Vaughan shares historical context, describes Wycliffe’s theology, and draws connections between the doctrines found in Wycliffe’s work and the Reformation of the sixteenth century.
Volume 1 focuses on three key phases of church history: the first, relating to the rise and character of the papal system; the second, to the state of Protestant doctrine in Europe from the fall of the empire to the opening of the fourteenth century; and the last, to the ecclesiastical establishment, and the state of society in England before the appearance of Wycliffe. Vaughan also offers valuable observations on the state of the church between the death of Wycliffe and the appearance of Luther. In volume 2, Vaughan offers a critical summary of Wycliffe’s writings.
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- Examines Wycliffe’s influence on the church
- Discusses the state of the church between Wycliffe’s death and Luther’s arrival
- Connects Wycliffe’s writings with concepts and ideas of the Reformation
- Title: The Life and Opinions of John de Wycliffe
- Author: Robert Vaughan
- Publisher: Holdsworth and Ball
- Volumes: 2
- Pages: 877
About Robert Vaughan
Robert Vaughan (1795–1868) was chair of history at London University from 1834–1842, then served as president and professor of theology at Lancashire Independent College from 1843–1857. During his time at Lancashire, he founded The British Quarterly, which he edited for 20 years. He was a prolific writer and editor, and his works include Causes of the Corruption of Christianity, The History of England under the House of Stuart, Protestant Nonconformity in Its Relation to Learning and Piety, Essays on History, Philosophy, and Theology, and The Modern Pulpit Viewed in Its Relation to the State of Society.