Feb 01

Hugh Latimer

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HughLatimerHugh Latimer, by Richard Hannula ★★★★★

This is a very short book, and can easily be read in a single evening. It is part of a  large series of “Bitesite Biographies”, so I presume is intended to be short and sweet. Dick Hannula is an elder in our church and also principal of the church high school. He is currently giving a sunday school series for the adults on the general content of this book. Latimer, with Ridley and later Cranmer, were burned at the stake by Queen Mary. Through the faithfulness of many of the early English reformers against incomprehensible odds, a candle was lit which led to England soon becoming a solidly reformed country. Mr. Hannula writes almost like he  speaks, and thus you get the feel when reading this book that Dick is speaking to you. Latimer is definitely a fascinating character, being the best mouthpiece of the Reformation in England. He possessed the preaching skills to persuade many to leave the heresies and false teaching of Rome and seek their comfort and trust in the Christ of Scriptures alone. Latimer also had an overwhelming concern for the poor, unlike most of the clergy of England who used their posts in the church for their own personal advantage. This is a good read which will leave you loving the man Hugh Latimer, and is a  brief episode of history that all English-speaking people should be aware of,  a nice reminder that the gift of religious freedom that we presently enjoy was won over many of faithful souls being burnt at the stake.

 

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3 Responses to “Hugh Latimer”

  1. Onkel Dennis says:

    Now if the BBC, who has made Jane Austen novels into movies, would only do this series of books too. Or imagine something completely different – a new culture in which such books would be done as TV series. (Maybe a truly regenerate culture would not have TV at all.)

    Because evil is parasitic upon what is good, Bloody Mary (the queen, not the drink) did not last long. Yet Latimer is long remembered. As the bumper sticker in Oregon said about the Baghwan Shree Rajneesh, “Let Baghwans be Baghwans”.

  2. Stephen Chambers says:

    The Geneva Study Bible of 1560 was born out of Mary Tudor’s five-year reign of terror. Reformers from Britain who immigrated to Geneva included Miles Coverdale, John Fox (Fox’s Book of Martyrs), and others who helped in the translation project. Both John Calvin and John Knox supported this worthy and monumental endeavor and helped to provide cover from its enemies for it. This was the Bible both the Pilgrims and Puritans used as they emigrated to the New World. The Protestant work ethic along with the abrogation of the divine right of kings, monarchs, and Popes were greatly and energetically advanced because of this work.

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