John Wycliffe

RonPaulCurriculum History Week 14

The Reformation and the Renaissance would be 2 rival groups, promoting different worldviews.

The first promoter of the Reformation is John Wycliffe.

John Wycliffe was born in 1320, in a village close to Yorkshire, England. He studied in Oxford University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in theology. Then in 1374, he moved to Lutterworth and lived there for the rest of his life.

He was a good teacher and a preacher. But he is more remembered is the way he debated many religious practices of his day. He said that the Scripture was the only control of the church but not the Pope.

John thought it was important that everybody should read the Bible in their own language. John Purvey helped Wycliffe with the translation, Purvey finished the project after Wycliffe died, and thanks to him we have the Wycliffe Bible to this day.

But then 31 years after Wycliffe died the Council of Constance announced the Wycliffe was a heretic, so his works were burned and also his body was burned.


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