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John Wycliffe (c.1324-1384)

Known as the ‘Morning Star of the Reformation’, John Wycliffe was an English theologian, reformer, Bible translator and leader of the Lollard movement.

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John Owen (1616-1683)

The ‘English Calvin’ and ‘Prince of Puritans’, Owen was a prolific writer and gifted theologian. He sided with Parliament during the English Civil War, often preaching to MPs. He was chaplain to Oliver Cromwell.

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Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)

Edwards was an American revivalist preacher, philosopher and Congregationalist theologian. He is regarded as one of America’s most important and original philosophical theologians. Edwards was rooted in Reformed theology, the metaphysics of theological determinism, and the Puritan heritage. Edwards played a critical role in shaping the First Great Awakening.

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John Wesley (1703-1791)

Wesley founded Methodism, a revival movement within the Church of England. He famously spoke of his heart being ‘strangely warmed’ following his conversion in 1738. He travelled the length and breadth of Britain in an itinerant ministry, often preaching outdoors.

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George Whitefield (1714-1770)

Whitefield was an Anglican cleric and itinerant evangelist. He was one of the founders of Methodism and a leading figure during the Great Awakening. Preaching over 18,000 times during his life, Whitefield could enthral listeners by his rhetorical gifts.

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John Calvin (1509-1564)

Calvin was a French theologian, pastor and reformer during the Protestant Reformation. His theology was built on the sovereignty of God in predestining all things.

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Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

The 'Prince of Preachers' and leading figure in Reformed Baptist history. In London, he pastored New Park Street Chapel (later the Metropolitan Tabernacle) for 38 years.

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Cornelius Van Til (1895-1987)

Cornelius Van Til was born in Grootegast, the Netherlands, and emigrated with his family to America in 1905. He attended Calvin College and Calvin Seminary before completing his studies at Princeton Theological Seminary and Princeton University with Th. M. And Ph. D. Degrees.

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Apologetics

Key moments and figures from the history of defending Christian belief.

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Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)

Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones was a distinguished Welsh evangelist, pastor and theologian.

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History of Evangelical Times

The original aims of the newspaper were:  News – Spreading news between churches – can we pray intelligently for one another?  A Voice – To promote evangelical unity – not part of the wider ecumenical movement.  An encouragement –good evangelical reading-  strengthen those faithful to scripture – spiritual nourishment – at a level all can enjoy.  To stand against worldliness and doctrinal decline.  Mission – encourage support for missionary endeavour.

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The Reformation

This timeline uses text and images from the excellent Reformation Timeline Poster produced by Martha Mohon for the Trinitarian Bible Society available for purchase here. Martha has written a description of the timeline here.

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Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Martin Luther was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation. Luther came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church.

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