Advocates of Reform: From Wyclif to Erasmus by Matthew Spinka

By Matthew Spinka

Lengthy famous for the standard of its translations, introductions, explanatory notes, and indexes, the Library of Christian Classics presents students and scholars with smooth English translations of a few of the main major Christian theological texts in historical past. via those works—each written ahead of the tip of the 16th century—contemporary readers may be able to interact the guidelines that experience formed Christian theology and the church throughout the centuries. The Library of Christian Classics guarantees that this nice literature of the Christian history is well on hand and invitations the continuing improvement of theology.

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24 Cf. , Corpus iuris canonici (Leipzig, 1889), pars I, dist. XXXII, c. 5, I, 117. 25 Matt. 7:15. 26 On collegiate churches, see Workman, op. , II, 115. 27 Tithes are appropriated for all these and the work of the pastoral office suspended. But just as temporal lords ought to take away lordship from priests who, against the law of the Lord, are richly endowed,28 thus tithing people ought to take away their offerings and tithes from such appropriated churches while the pastoral offices are notoriously and habitually withdrawn from them.

Yet in others preaching is more commendable than hearing, just as action is superior to being acted upon. In like manner, Christ, in highest wisdom, commanded his apostles when he ascended into heaven to preach the gospel to every creature; 53 indeed the wisest Master would not have done this unless such preaching were more to be praised in apostle or curate. Hence, among his duties such an activity is more worthy [than the rest]. It is evident that preaching the gospel is the special work of the curate, for Christ advances more in his apostles by preaching to the people than by doing any miracle which in his own person he did in Judea.

Otherwise he would not have the likeness of Christ whereby he might lay down his soul for the sheep, and teach them faithfully. . " 5 This is clear: each one ought, to the limit of his ability, to follow Christ in his manner of life. But each priest, curate, or pastor has the ability so to follow Christ in his manner of life; therefore he should do it. This moved the apostles and the other priests of the Lord after them to imitate Christ in this evangelical poverty. The apostle understands by the word alimenta food and drink sufficient for nourishment.

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