The Reformation Collection Volume 3

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This volume of the Reformation collection, begins with John Calvin's summary of the contents for the Bible from the preface to the Geneva Bible. Catherine Parr, last wife of Henry VIII, contributes her "Prayers or Meditations", intended as a shortened Protestant equivalent to Thomas à Kempis' The Imitation of Christ. Next come accounts of trials and martyrdoms: Walter Mill, the last martyr of Scotland, John Bradford, an anonymous account of Protestants in Norfolk and Suffolk to commissioners sent by Mary I, Hugh Latimer's examination as an old man and the execution of Henry Grey, father of Lady Jane Grey. Following these are a series of prayers: Lady Jane Grey, John Knox, Edward VI as well as Knox's instructions on prayer. Knox also gives instructions for Christian gatherings in a time of persecution and John Wycliffe gives a rule of conduct for Christians in various life circumstances. Tyndale's Prologues covers the gospel of Matthew and, more briefly, John. There follows a selection of Reformation thinking about the relationship between church and state: Thomas Cranmer's sermon during the so-called "Prayer Book Rebellion" (the sermon notes he presumably preached from are included), Luther urging peace during the Peasants' Revolt and Bullinger explaining that civil magistrates have the right to declare and fight wars (contrary to the pacifism of the Anabaptists).Next come treatises on various ethical questions: Peter Martyr's opinion of dancing, Martin Bucer on almsgiving, Wolfgang Musculus on usury. There follow two controversial matters - James Waddell Alexander writes a history of Calvin's involvement in the execution of Michael Servertus and showing that it had the universal support of the age in which he lived, rather than resulting from any personal animosity from Calvin. Then comes a controversial dialogue by Bernardino Ochino, ostensibly arguing against polygamy (Ochino himself appears as one half of the dialogue but makes close to no case against polygamy while his interlocuter is given twice the airtime) but in reality arguing for it, for which Ochino was exiled from Zurich. Calvin's letter to Edward Seymour (Lord Protector of England) comes next which includes his opinion on the Church of England Books of Homilies. Next come a series of resulting from struggles to coexist between Protestants and Roman Catholics (not least on the question of the sacraments), intersperced with a short biography of John Wicklyffe and Oecolampadius' sermon to teenagers, expounding the Apostles' Creed. This volume of the Reformation collection ends with an eyewitness account of the final days of Oecolampadius.

Other volumes of this collection:
Volume 1
Volume 2 (13 hr 51 min)


Summary of the Books of the Old and New Testaments 9:17 Read by InTheDesert
Prayers or Meditations 27:22 Read by InTheDesert
The Martyrdom of the Blessed Servant of God, Walter Mill 10:11 Read by InTheDesert
The Godly Exhortation of Holy Father Bradford which he gave to his Wife, Childr… 8:16 Read by InTheDesert
A Certain Godly Supplication by Certain Inhabitants of Norfolk and Suffolk 27:19 Read by InTheDesert
Examination before the Commissioners, September 30, 1555 19:25 Read by InTheDesert
The Last Hours of the Duke of Suffolk 4:45 Read by InTheDesert
An Effectual Prayer Made in Time of Trouble 4:14 Read by InTheDesert
Confession or Prayer, Composed and Used by Knox after the Death of Edward the S… 3:39 Read by InTheDesert
The Prayer of King Edward the Sixth, which he made Three Hours afore his Death,… 2:15 Read by InTheDesert
Thanksgiving for Deliverance, with Prayers 5:26 Read by InTheDesert
A Treatise on Prayer 43:40 Read by InTheDesert
A Most Wholesome Counsel, How to Behave Ourselves in the Midst of this Wicked G… 15:19 Read by InTheDesert
A Short Rule of Life for each Man in General 7:33 Read by InTheDesert
Prologues upon the Gospels 25:33 Read by InTheDesert
The Archbishop's Notes for a Homily against Rebellion 5:25 Read by InTheDesert
A Sermon concerning the Time of Rebellion 48:00 Read by InTheDesert
Martin Luther's Declaration to his Countrymen 19:43 Read by InTheDesert
A Treatise or Sermon of Henry Bullinger Concerning Magistrates and Obedience of… 43:08 Read by InTheDesert
A Brief Treatise, Concerning the Use and Abuse of Dancing 17:07 Read by InTheDesert
A Treatise how, by the Word of God, Christian Men's Alms ought to be Distributed 31:11 Read by InTheDesert
Of the Lawful and Unlawful Usury amongst Christians 56:19 Read by InTheDesert
The Life of Michael Servetus 49:27 Read by InTheDesert
A Dialogue of Polygamy 1:08:29 Read by InTheDesert
An Epistle both of Godly Consolation and also of Advertisement 38:23 Read by InTheDesert
The Epistle of John Calvin whether it be Lawful for a Christian Man to Communic… 17:13 Read by InTheDesert
Wickliff's Opinions of the Papacy 4:32 Read by InTheDesert
Some Account of the Life of John Wickliff, D.D. Part 1 47:18 Read by InTheDesert
Some Account of the Life of John Wickliff, D.D. Part 2 54:39 Read by InTheDesert
Letter from John Banks to Heinrich Bullinger 5:00 Read by InTheDesert
Her Communication with Dr. Feckenham 8:27 Read by InTheDesert
A Sermon of John Oecolampadius to Young Men and Maidens 32:50 Read by InTheDesert
His Letter of Excuse to Pope Urban VI. 3:09 Read by InTheDesert
A Letter to the People of Edinburgh 5:23 Read by InTheDesert
That Rebaptization or Baptizing Again is not of God and that there is but one B… 28:52 Read by InTheDesert
A Letter of King Edward the Sixth to Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London for the … 3:14 Read by InTheDesert
Of the Lord's Supper 4:22 Read by InTheDesert
His Confession respecting the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper 4:06 Read by InTheDesert
Extract from the Testament of John Knox 3:41 Read by InTheDesert
The History of the Death of John Oecolampadius 17:17 Read by InTheDesert