William Tyndale gave us the Bible in English, and died for it. Called the most dangerous man in England, his passion and vocation was to put the Bible into the hands of everyone so that we could read it for ourselves, and in doing so he profoundly changed freedom of thought, religion, and the church for ever. Executed as a heretic in 1536 for translating the Bible, within a few years his translation was in every church in England.
What does it mean to us to have the freedom to read the word of God ourselves? We take it for granted, but what was it that Tyndale saw and gave his life for? Melvyn Bragg, broadcaster, novelist, and biographer of Tyndale, and Jane Williams, theologian, will explore what fired Tyndale and what difference he made to our national and spiritual lives.
St Paul’s owns one of the three surviving copies of Tyndale’s original Bible, which will be on display for this event.