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The Obedience of a Christian Man

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  9 reviews
One of the key foundation books of the English Reformation, The Obedience of a Christian Man (1528) makes a radical challenge to the established order of the all-powerful Church of its time. Himself a priest, Tyndale boldly claims that there is just one social structure created by God to which all must be obedient, without the intervention of the rule of the Pope. He argue ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 24th 2000 by Penguin Classics (first published June 28th 1977)
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Michael Crouch
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good advice for Christians

He gives practical advice for husbands and wives, government leaders, and individual churches in showing obedience to Christ in each of our dealings with people.
Tells the truth in rebuking popes
Todd L
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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"Forasmuch as our holy prelates and our chostly religious, which ought to defend God's word, speak evil of it and do all the shame they can to it, and rail on it and bear their captives in hand that it causeth insurrection and teacheth the people to disobey their heads and governors, and moveth them to rise against their princes and to make all common and to make havoc of other men's goods. Therefore have i made this little treatise that followeth containing all obedience that is of God. In whic ...more
Peter B.
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: applied-theology
Written during the early years of the Reformation when the Protestants were being accused of rebellion and unrest, Tyndale wrote this book to assert that they were actually restoring God's ordained institutions of family and state. The church had undermined these institutions and released men from their proper obedience. It had made these institutions mere branches of the church. It was the Pope who had undermined society and caused continual unrest and wars. Tyndale appeals to all men in all pl ...more
Joel Mitchell
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In this book, published two years after Tyndale's first edition of the English New Testament, he expounds his understanding of the Christian's responsibilities before God and before God-ordained human authority. He backs up each point with quotations and exposition of Scripture, challenging the reader to verify for themselves whether what he is saying is in agreement with God's Word.

His theology appears to be in most points pretty much the same as that adopted by many of the later "Dissenter" de
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Larry Killion
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Obedience of a Christian Man. By William Tyndale.

Most folks know of William Tyndale as the man who translated the first English Bible, which - with certain royal guidelines, was used to transcribe the 1611 edition authorized by King James. The “Obedience of a Christian Man” was a primer on Christian living that was used to spark what is called the English Reformation. It is a practical book on how we are to live as believers. Children are to obey their parents, servants are to obey their mas
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Camille Baird
this was a great book. Took a long time to read as it is pretty intense but good to understand thinking during the reformation along with a little ranting but a good read. I would have given it 3 1/2 stars but not quite 4 due to the fact that it is not so easy to read, but that is mostly on account of the reader.
Humphrey
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
For a guy who trumpeted everyday plain style, his style sure is wonky. Tyndale had a huge influence on the character of the early English church, and as such his particular flavor of reform is interesting in light of how the English church would develop (compared to the much more fiery continental reformation) over the next century. Also, allegories are literal. Literal allegories.
Thomas Arn
May 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Very good book to read. Very challenging in living a Christian life in total obedience to God. The author is very much against the Pope throughout the book. It is a very detailed book, lots of Scripture used. Difficult to read, but well worth.
Chris Comis
Feb 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Not a bunch of smarmy do-goodisms, like you might find in some books on Christian obedience. Pretty earthy stuff here.
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William Tyndale (/ˈtɪndəl/; sometimes spelled Tynsdale, Tindall, Tindill, Tyndall; c. 1494–1536) was an English scholar who became a leading figure in Protestant reform in the years leading up to his execution. He is well known for his translation of the Bible into English. He was influenced by the work of Desiderius Erasmus, who made the Greek New Testament available in Europe, and by Martin Luth ...more