Calvin to Cranmer, 1552

  • H. C. Porter
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Most illustrious lord, you truly and wisely judge that in the present disturbed state of the church no more suitable remedy can be adopted than the assembling together of godly and discreet men, well disciplined in the school of Christ, who shall openly profess their agreement in the doctrines of religion. For we see by what various devices Satan is endeavouring to abolish the light of the Gospel, which, having arisen upon us through the wonderful goodness of God, is shining forth in every quarter. The hireling dogs of the pope are barking unceasingly, that the pure word of Christ may not be heard. Impiety is everywhere boiling forth and raging with such licentiousness, that religion is little better than an open mockery. Those who are not avowedly hostile to the truth indulge themselves nevertheless in a wantonness which, unless it be checked, will occasion to us sad confusion. Nor does this disease of foolish curiosity and intemperate audacity prevail only among the common people; but what is more disgraceful, it is becoming too rife even among the order of the clergy. It is too well known by what reveries Osiander* is deceiving himself, and fascinating certain other persons.


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