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Reforming PrintingSyon Abbey's Defence of Orthodoxy 1525-1534$
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Alexandra da Costa

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199653560

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653560.001.0001

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The defence of the faith

The defence of the faith

(p.80) 4 The defence of the faith
Reforming Printing

Alexandra da Costa

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores how Syon's commitment to pastoral care became bound up with concerns over the spread of evangelical thought. It highlights Tyndale's criticism of Syon as a place where lip labour dominated and the brethren's sense that the very definition of orthodoxy was being challenged. Influenced by Alec Ryrie and Peter Marshall's arguments on the fluidity of early sixteenth-century religious identities, it argues that Bonde and Whitford attempted to pin down what it meant to be a heretic and to reject evangelical arguments that they were the true followers of Christ. Instead, they advanced a definition of orthodoxy as sharing in the common and long-standing belief of the Church. At first they did so primarily by reaffirming the core beliefs of the Church, but as evangelical ideas seemed to gain ground in royal circles, they turned to defending their own way of life against specific attacks.

Keywords:   orthodoxy, heresy, evangelism, religious identity, pope, eucharist

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