Augustine acolyte (original sin) John Wycliffe 1320-1384 was the impetus to Luther’s Protestant Reformation a century later. For this reason, Wycliffe is called “The Morning Star of the Reformation.” He was one of the earliest opponents of papal authority influencing secular power. Like theology master of cognition Aquinas (along w/Aquinas contempo Dante) a century before Wycliffe, Wycliffe ‘s sublime truth (beyond all comprehension) a la Aquinas’ Summa Theologica — forms the basis for “existential theology.” In Latin, this is called “Haec Sublimis Veritas”, “the sublime truth.”

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John Wycliffe  in his study

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justification_by_faith

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All mankind, Augustine as well as Wycliffe asserted, is fallen and sinful,

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and incapable of saving itself from God’s wrath.

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But God, on the basis of the life, death, and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ alone (solus Christus),

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grants sinners judicial pardon, or justification, which is received solely through faith.

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According to Wycliffe prodigy Martin Luther a century after Wycliffe , justification by faith alone is the article on which the church stands or falls.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_wycliffe

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Wycliffe was also an early advocate for translation of the Bible into the common language. He completed his translation directly from the Vulgate into vernacular English in the year 1382, now known as Wycliffe’s Bible.

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Well before Luther, Wycliffe recognised the major Reformation doctrine, that of justification by faith.  In Christ stilling the Storm he wrote: “If a man believe in Christ, and make a point of his belief, then the promise that God hath made to come into the land of light shall be given by virtue of Christ, to all men that make this the chief matter.”

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justification_by_faith

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Sola fide (Latin: by faith alone), also historically known as the doctrine of justification by faith alone, is a Christian theological doctrine that separates most Protestant denominations from Catholicism, Orthodox Christianity, and some in the Restoration Movement.

The doctrine of sola fide or “by faith alone” asserts God’s pardon for guilty sinners is granted to and received through faith, conceived as excluding all “works,” alone.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thought_of_Thomas_Aquinas#Existentialism

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And like Thomas Aquinas & Dante  a century before Wycliffe, Wycliffe ‘s sublime truth (beyond all comprehension) a la Aquinas’ Summa Theologica — forms the basis for “existential theology” and leads to what Gilson calls the first and only existential philosophy. In Latin, this is called “Haec Sublimis Veritas,”  “the sublime truth.” 

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The revealed essence of God is to exist, or in the words of Aquinas, I am the pure Act of Being. This has been described as the key to understanding Aquinas’ Thomism .

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