Thomas Cranmer’s Doctrine of Repentance


‘Scholars of all disciplines will find the book’s review of early Tudor penitential theology both accurate and engaging….Churchmen will be refreshed by a work that treats the themes of justification, election and anthropology as serious, theological matters still worthy of discussion and debate today. Reformation scholars will welcome what may be Null’s most significant contribution: an excellent scholarly description and analysis of Cranmer’s commonplace books, among other manuscript sources’.

—Journal of Religious History

‘Ashley Null’s incisive analysis of Cranmer’s theology brings us a new and deeper understanding of the central figure in the English Reformation.’

—Diarmaid McCullouch, Professor of the History of the Church, University of Oxford



Archbishop Thomas Cranmer was the first Archbishop of the protestant Church of England. Under King Henry VIII’s rule, in a myriad of social upheaval in England and at the beginning of the European reformation led by Martin Luther in Germany, Archbishop Cranmer began the process that would Christianize England and lay the Christian foundation for the Western World.

This book by friend Dr. Ashley Null explains Archbishop Cranmer’s ‘Doctrine of Repentance’. Dr. Null is brilliant and the foremost Cranmer scholar alive in the world today.

Chapter Titles:

Introduction of the Theology of Thomas Cranmer

I.      Cranmer’s Medieval Inheritance: Contrition as Repentance.

II.    Cranmer’s Doctrine of Repentance circa 1520: Augustinian-Influenced Scotish Penance.

III.  Cranmer’s Doctrine of Repentance during the 1520s: Erasmian Penitence.

IV.   Cranmer’s Doctrine Repentance circa 1537: Lutheran Sacramental Penance.

V.     Being Made ‘Right Willed’ by Faith: Justification in ‘Cranmer’s Great Commonplaces’ circa 1544

VI.   The Edwardian Years: Public Protestant Augustinianism.




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