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"When Ulrich Zwingly stood up in the holy shrine off Einsiedeln and told the pilgrims that the money they spent on indulgences was a foolish waste, it more or less marked the end of his relationship with the church of his father. Zwingli was a diligent student of the Bible and it was his faithful proclamation of Scriptural truth which did most to bring about the reformation in Switzerland. His primary object was not the overthrow of the papacy, although that was indeed the final outcome. His chief aim was the restoration of true religion as he saw it declared in Scripture. Under Zwingly s influence the people came to its fountain of knowledge, and as they did so, the truth entered, the heart was cleansed, the understanding was liberated, and the conscience relieved from the burden of mere religious observance. All across the country towns and hamlets came out of darkness as men and women turned to the living lamp of the Word of God. While Zwingly was changing the religious face of Switzerland, in England, the work of the Reformation was also advancing. In the year 1525, King Henry VIII wanted to get rid of his first wife in favor of a woman who might possibly bear him a son and heir. This became an inevitable rift within the Church of Rome, causing more change than anyone would have ever guessed. The predicament over the king s marriage arrangements involved the astute religious negotiation of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, and the wily political maneuverings of Thomas Cromwell, England s most powerful statesman at the time. When the dust of political and religious reform eventually settled, England was a transformed country. The chains of papal supremacy and the light of truth were beginning to shine throughout the land. The Spreading Flame shows the strange and wonderful ways that God s providence in favor of the truth prevails. "
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