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England, Theology in
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A distinct English theology only comes into existence near the end of the 16th century. A number of Western Catholic theologians in the Middle Ages were of English origin or held academic or ecclesiastical office in England (Anselm of Canterbury; John of Salisbury; Robert Grosseteste; Thomas Bradwardine; William of Occam; John Wycliffe); their work lacks a specifically English character, however. Similarly the English Reformation is distinctive chiefly for its church-political rather than its theological character. Its main intell…

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Webster, John, “England, Theology in”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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