Works of the Early English Reformers (37 vols.)
The Works of John Jewel, vol. 2
Author: John Jewel
Editor: John Ayre
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 1847
John Jewel was the foremost literary defender of the Reformed Church of England and its separation from the Catholic Church. This collection from the Parker Society collects Jewel’s numerous and extensive works responding to various critics, and defending the theological and political independence of the Church of England. Volume 2 contains Jewel and M. Harding’s dialogue, critiques of the Catholic Church, a treatise on the sacraments, and several sermons.
John Jewel (1522–1571) was an English bishop who sought to solidify the beliefs of the Church of England after the divisions caused by Henry VIII, Edward VI, and Mary I. In his sermons, he challenged the Catholic Church to defend its beliefs out of Scripture or the words of the Church Fathers. The ensuing debates led him to publish Apology of the Church of England, which presented a precise explanation of the stance of the Church of England against Catholicism and established him as the foremost literary apologist of his time.