Today, as you by now know, is Reformation Day. A colleague here at college asked myself and another friend an interesting question, “if you were to be a Reformer, which Reformer would you be?”
Quick as a flash I answered, “Thomas Cranmer, without a doubt”.
My friend paused, then said, “William Tyndale“. Tyndale was, of course, one of the first to translate the Bible into contemporary English.
I responded, “aaaah, Tyndale may have written the Bible but Cranmer produced the Book of Common Prayer!” Case closed, I thought.
But, perhaps not. So we turn to that well-respected arbitrator, GoogleFight, to settle the matter.
on the question of “William Tyndale vs Thomas Cranmer” Googlefight returns the following result
William Tyndale: 587,000
Thomas Cranmer: 496,000
which is, probably, the right result. After all, by Cranmer’s own words,
Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation: so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an article of the Faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation.
I think he’d be happy that the BCP lost out to the Bible.