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Sermons on the Card   By: (1485?-1555)

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Sermons on the Card by Hugh Latimer is a significant literary work that showcases the profound spiritual wisdom and evangelical teachings of this influential 16th-century preacher. Consisting of a collection of sermons delivered in the early 1540s, this book offers readers a remarkable insight into the religious landscape of the time.

One of the most striking aspects of Latimer's sermons is his ability to connect with his audience through relatable and memorable anecdotes. Drawing inspiration from everyday objects such as playing cards, Latimer weaves powerful theological lessons into his messages, presenting them in a manner easily understood by both the educated and common folk alike. This approach not only engages readers on a personal level but also brings complex religious concepts down to a relatable and practical level.

What sets these sermons apart is Latimer's unapologetic and bold approach to preaching. He fearlessly addresses societal issues, greed, corruption, and the moral decay prevalent in his time. His fiery rhetoric and uncompromising stance on injustice and hypocrisy make these sermons not only historically significant but also a timeless reminder of the importance of staying true to one's beliefs.

Throughout the book, Latimer's unwavering faith shines through, as he eloquently expresses his deep reverence for God and an unwavering commitment to spreading the gospel. His sermons inspire readers to reflect on their own spiritual journeys and encourage them to live a life rooted in biblical teachings.

The language employed by Latimer is both poetic and accessible. His vivid descriptions and powerful imagery paint a compelling picture of the spiritual truths he hopes to convey. While some readers may find the archaic language challenging to grasp at times, it ultimately adds a sense of historical richness to the sermons.

As a historical and spiritual reference, Sermons on the Card provides an invaluable glimpse into the religious landscape of the 16th century. Latimer's ability to address spiritual matters with clarity and conviction ensures that his teachings remain relevant even in the modern era. It is a book that preserves the legacy of one of the most influential preachers of his time.

In conclusion, Sermons on the Card is a thought-provoking collection of sermons that showcases Hugh Latimer's eloquence, courage, and deep connection to his faith. With its timeless messages and impactful storytelling, this book is a must-read for both history enthusiasts and anyone seeking spiritual insight.

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Transcribed from the 1883 Cassell & Co. edition by David Price, email



Hugh Latimer, a farmer's son, was born about the year 1491, at Thurcaston, in Leicestershire. He was an only son, with six sisters, who were all well cared for at home. He was a boy of fourteen when sent to Clare College, Cambridge. When about twenty four years old, he had obtained a college fellowship, had taken the degree of Master of Arts, and was ordained Priest of the Roman Church at Lincoln. In 1524, at the age of about thirty, he proceeded to the degree of B.D., and on the occasion of his doing so he argued publicly for the Pope's authority against opinions of Melancthon. Thomas Bilney went afterwards to Latimer's rooms, gave him his own reasons for good will to the teaching of Melancthon, and explained to him his faith as a Reformer in a way that secured Latimer's attention. Latimer's free, vigorous mind, admitted the new reasonings, and in his after life he looked always upon "little Bilney" as the man who had first opened his eyes.

With homely earnestness Latimer began soon to express his new convictions. His zeal and purity of life had caused him to be trusted by the University as a maintainer of old ways; he had been appointed cross bearer to the University, and elected one of the twelve preachers annually appointed in obedience to a bull of Pope Alexander VI... Continue reading book >>

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