The UK Bible Students
THE ENGLISH REFORMATION IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY
J. H. Merle D’Aubigne, History of the Reformation of The
Sixteenth Century (New York: Hurst & Company; ; Vol. IV, pp. iv, v).
‘[T]he English Reformation has been, and still is, calumniated by
writers of different parties, who look upon it as nothing more than an external
political transformation, and who thus ignore its spiritual nature.
History has taught the author that it was essentially a religious transformation, and that
we must seek for it in men of faith, and not, as is usually done, solely in the
caprices of the prince, the ambition of the nobility, and the servility of the
A faithful recitation of this great renovation will perhaps show us
that beyond and without the measures of Henry VIII, there was something –
everything, so to speak for therein was the essence of the Reformation, that
which makes it a divine and imperishable work. . . .
An active party in the
Episcopalian Church is reviving with zeal, perseverance, and talent, the
principles of Roman-catholicism, and striving to impose them on the Reformed
Church of England, and incessantly attacking the foundation of evangelical
Christianity. . . .
It is good to call to mind that the primitive Christianity
of Great Britain perseveringly repelled the invasion of the popedom, and that
after the definitive victory of this foreign power, the noblest voices among
kings, lords, priests, and people, boldly protested against it. It is good to
show that, while the word of God recovered its inalienable rights in Britain, in
the sixteenth century, the popedom, agitated by wholly political interests,
broke of itself the chain with which it had so long bound England.’