Articles by Will Prydain

Will Prydain lives in Birmingham, Alabama, and attends an Anglican church nearby. By conviction and training he tends to look at things from an evangelical, Reformed Anglican perspective.


J. C. Ryle on The 39 Articles of Religion (Part 5)

From Knots Untied, here is Ryle’s assessment of how the Articles see Holy Scripture: (5) Let us mark, in the last place, as we read the Articles, the unvarying reverence with which they always speak of Holy Scripture. The inspiration of the Bible, no doubt, is never distinctly asserted. It is evidently taken for granted as a…

J. C. RYLE ON THE 39 ARTICLES OF RELIGION (PART 4)

One thing that really did strike me about Ryle’s thoughts on the Articles of Religion is that he views them as a thoroughly Protestant document: (4) Let us mark, in the fourth place, as we read the Articles, the thoroughly Protestant spirit which runs throughout them, and the boldness of their language about Romish error. What says…

J. C. Ryle on The 39 Articles of Religion (Part 3)

Reading further in Knots Untied, this is what Ryle says about the sacraments and the Articles of Religion: (3) Let us mark, in the next place, as we read the Articles, their wise, discreet, and well-balanced statements about the Sacraments. They declare plainly the Divine authority of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper They use high and reverend…

J. C. Ryle on The 39 Articles of Religion (Part 2)

Continuing to read in Knots Untied, Ryle has this to say about the Articles’ “studied moderation about things nonessential to salvation, and things about which good Christian men may differ.” (2) Let us mark, in the next place, as we read the Articles, their studied moderation about things nonessential to salvation, and things about which good Christian…

J. C. Ryle on The 39 Articles of Religion (Part 1)

Reading a little further (actually several chapters) in Knots Untied, Ryle has quite a bit to say about the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion: What the Articles are we have seen. What their position and authority is in the Church of England we have also seen. Ought we not now to see what are the great leading characteristics…

J. C. Ryle on What Evangelical Religion Is (Part 5)

Reading further in Ryle’s Knots Untied, here is a fifth – and final – installment from Ryle on what evangelical religion is: ( e ) The fifth and last leading feature in Evangelical Religion is the importance which it attaches to the outward and visible work of the Holy Ghost in the life of man. Its theory is that…

J. C. Ryle on What Evangelical Religion Is (Part 3)

Reading further in Ryle’s Knots Untied, here is another thought from Ryle on what evangelical religion is: ( c ) The third leading feature of Evangelical Religion is the paramount importance it attaches to the work and office of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the nature of the salvation which He has wrought out for man. Its…

J. C. Ryle on What Evangelical Religion Is (Part 2)

Yesterday we noted that Bishop Ryle had listed five points on what evangelical religion is. Here is the second point he makes on that subject. ( b ) The second leading feature in Evangelical Religion is the depth and prominence it assigns to the doctrine of human sinfulness and corruption. Its theory is that in consequence of Adam’s…

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