William Perkins, “A Reformed Catholic”

William Perkins (1558–1602) was an influential English cleric and Cambridge theologian, receiving both a B.A. and M.A. from the university in 1581 and 1584 respectively, and also one of the foremost leaders of the Puritan movement in the Church of England during the Elizabethan era. Although relatively unknown to modern Christians, Perkins has had an influence that is felt by Christians all around the world. In this work, he lays out what it means to be a reformed catholic and sets out both the agreement and disagreement between the Reformed faith and that of the Roman Catholic church.

The topics covered include:

  • Free will
  • Original sin
  • Assurance of salvation
  • Justification
  • Merits
  • Satisfaction
  • Tradition
  • Vows
  • Images
  • Transubstantiation
  • The Mass
  • Fasting
  • Glorification
  • Worship of saints
  • Intercession of saints
  • Purgatory
  • Efficacy of the sacraments
  • Saving faith
  • Repentance

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