Elliott House of Studies

For the Formation of Clergy in the Tradition of Classical Anglicanism

2016 Epiphany Seminar

Elliott House Syllabus

The 2016 Annual Theological Seminar

Tuesday, January 26th  – Thursday, January 28th 

Martyrdom, Persecution and Conscience in the English Reformation 

Dr. David K. Anderson, Associate Professor of Renaissance Literature at the University of Oklahoma, will conduct the 2016 Elliott House of Studies Clergy Seminar.  Dr. Anderson hails from Prince Edward County, Ontario, and is the author of Martyrs and Players in Early Modern England: Tragedy, Religion, and Violence on Stage (2014). The seminar will begin with a reception on the evening of Monday, January 25, followed by three full days on Martyrdom, Persecution and Resistance in the English Reformation Tradition. The Syllabus is posted below.

Readings will be drawn from these texts:

  • Martin Luther “On Secular Authority” in Luther and Calvin On Secular Authority (Cambridge Texts in History of Political Thought)
  • Foxe’s Book of Martyrs(Oxford World Classics)
  • William Tyndale,Obedience of a Christian (Penguin)
  • John Milton “Areopagitica” in Areopagitica and Of Education , George H. Sabine(Crofts Classics 1951)
  • Elizabethan Homily on Obedience. This is available online: http://www.anglicanlibrary.org/homilies/bk2hom21.htm


Martyrdom, Persecution and Conscience in the English Reformation


  • Morning
    • Introduction to the subject
    • Luther’s Secular Authority
  • Afternoon
    • Tyndale’s Obedience
    • Opening of Foxe’s Book of Martyrs


  • Morning
    • Book of Martyrs (chapters 1-7 of OWC edition)
  • Afternoon
    • Book of Martyrs (Chapters 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 23, 25, 26, 28, 29)


  • Morning
    • The Homily on Obedience
  • Afternoon
    • Milton’s Areopagitica

To register for the January 26-28 seminar, please  email the Elliott House Coordinator, Mrs. Rob (Laura) Sparks: Contact

*Please note that registration is restricted to men who are ordained, in preparation for ordination, or are students of theology. Participants from all Anglican jurisdictions are welcome, as well as non-Anglicans sympathetic to the Anglican tradition.

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