'The oral versus the written': The debates over scripture in More and Tyndale

Brian Cummings*

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The relationship between scripture and tradition has always been recognised as central to the controversy between More and Tyndale in the late 1520s and early 1530s. It was already one of the key issues in the English campaign against Luther instigated in 1521, and in the 1540s became one of the lynchpins of confessional identity both among Catholic theologians at Trent and in the English reformed articles of 1553. This is often seen as a doctrinal issue, but beneath the surface it can also be seen as part of a profound philosophical argument about the authority of oral and written evidence, an argument which goes back to the origins of Jewish and Christian religious practice and which continues to haunt the ecumenical concerns of today.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-50
Number of pages36
Issue number175
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Books
  • Oral
  • Scripture
  • Speech
  • Tradition
  • Truth
  • Written

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