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Who was John Wycliffe?

Wycliffe (1320–1384) was an English scholar. He was a philosopher, theologian, translator, and teacher. Wycliffe criticized the Church for what he saw as false teachings. He believed that God’s law was found in the Bible and in the Bible only. He did not approve of the hierarchy of Church leaders. Furthermore, Church leaders maintained that the Bible should be in Latin only and that only Church leaders should be allowed to read it and interpret it for laypeople. Wycliffe disagreed. He believed that all people had the right to read the Bible in their own language.


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