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Witnessing To The Calvinism Of The English Church: The 1618 Edition Of Thomas Bradwardines »De Causa Dei Adversus Pelagium«

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This chapter, attempting to substantiate the suspicions, argues that the publication of Bradwardine's De causa Dei in 1618 should essentially be understood as a piece of religious propaganda. The testimony of Thomas Bradwardine was very valuable because his doctrine was indeed very similar to the Reformed one, but he had formulated it long before the Reformation. Finally, the Historic Proof of the Doctrinal Calvinism of the Church of England by Augustus Montague Toplady (1740-1778) bears testimony to the continuing influence of De causa Dei, and especially the 1618 edition, in English polemics even in the 18th century. According to the thesis presented in this essay, Bradwardine's De causa Dei adversus Pelagium was published in London in 1618 as part of an anti-Arminian strategy, tending to present Calvinism as the official position of the Church of England.

Keywords: Augustus Montague Toplady; Calvinism; Causa Dei Adversus Pelagium; Church of England; Thomas Bradwardine



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