Matthew 10:17-22, Hebrews 12:1-3 | Richard Trist |
When we think of founders of Protestant Christianity we may know names like Luther and Calvin. Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556), though perhaps less well-known, was a leading figure in the English Reformation.
Originally a scholar-priest at Cambridge University, he became Archbishop of Canterbury and served through the tumultuous Tudor period of Henry VIII, Edward I and a short time under Mary I, ultimately being martyred for his faith in Oxford.
As a scholar and Archbishop he helped move the English church in a more reformed, protestant direction and laid the foundations of what would eventually emerge as the Anglican Church. Cranmer had a significant role in shaping the prayer books (especially the communion services) that Anglicans have used ever since.
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