John Wycliffe (1330-1384AD)

John Wicliffe  

English Reformer and rightly called “the morning star” of the Protestant Reformation.

“The basis of all Wiclif's teaching is his doctrine of the absolute authority of Scripture. He places the Bible infinitely higher than any other book, not only those of the more recent teachers, but also those of the ancient Fathers: yea, he places the Bible infinitely higher than any ordinance of the Roman Catholic Church. The evidence of this absolute authority is the dignity of Christ as the God-man, and the reason why the Bible is not held in due esteem is owing to the lack of true faith in Christ; for, if we trusted fully in the Lord Jesus Christ, that faith would not fail to bring forth in our heart a firm conviction of the authority of the Bible. All other writings, even those of Augustine, are trustworthy only so far as they are founded in Holy Writ: all other truth, except that which depends upon simple observation, can be accepted only so far as it is derived from the Bible. Wiclif wrote, “Even though there were a hundred popes, and all the monks were transformed into cardinals, in matters of faith their opinions would be of no account, unless they were founded on Scripture” (Trial., iv. c. 7). From this maxim sprung the enthusiasm and the energy which produced the first English translation of the Bible.” [Schaff Hertzog, Encycl. of Rel. Knowledge]

 

 

John Wycliffe & His Times.  (310k) by James Wylie  from his "Hist. of Protestantism" ( 1878AD) zip (113k)

Wycliffe and his Doctrines. (27k) from Foxe's "Book of Martyrs" (1889 edition). zip (11k)

Article on John Wycliffe. (39k) Schaff-Hertzog Encycl. of Religious Knowledge (1891 edition) zip (16k)

The Abortive Reformation. (66k) Prof. A. G. Dickens, (University of London, 1964 edition) zip (24k)

Wycliffe & the Reformation. (83k) by J. H. Merle d'Aubigne D.D. (1835 edition). zip (30k)

John Wycliffe. (38k) by Rev. J. C. Ryle from "Light from Old Times" 1902 edition. zip (12k)

John Wikcliffe. (291k) by Rev. Erasmus Middleton, from vol. 1 (of 4) of Evangelical Biography, published 1816AD. docx (75k) pdf (207k) zip (120k)

John de Wycliffe. (187k) chapter on Wycliffe's English Bible from a monogram, by Robert Vaughan D.D. 1853AD. pdf (160k) docx (51k) zip (39k)