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God's Outlaw: The Story of William Tyndale

Published by : Grenville Film Productions (Worcester, PA) Physical details: 93 min.
Subject(s): Biography | History
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God's Outlaw is a thrilling portrayal of the life and work of William Tyndale, whose burning passion to translate the Bible into English upset the religious and political establishment of the day. Tyndale's vision was that the common people -- even the plowboys -- should be able to read the Holy Scriptures in their own language.

Bible reading and even prayers in English were outlawed by a harsh and rigid religious establishment. Perhaps the religious climate of Tyndale's day is best indicated in the retort of a priest with whom Tyndale was one day carrying on a heated debate: "We would be better off without God's law than the Pope's," to which Tyndale replied: "I defy the Pope and all his laws, if God spare my life, before many years I will make a boy that driveth a plow know more of the Scriptures than you do."

Finding no open doors in England for translating the Bible into English, Tyndale went abroad and began his translation and printing work at Peter Quentell's print shop in Cologne, Germany. But by this time he was a wanted man, and Peter Quentell's print shop was raided, forcing Tyndale to flee. He was pursued by King Henry VIII, Lord Chancellor Sir Thomas Moore, and the Pope's personal legate Cardinal Wolsey. Follow him in this fascinating film as he cris-crosses Europe evading his captors but is finally betrayed and caught, tried, and burnt at the stake.

Today, Tyndale is renowned as "the father of the English Bible," and is recognized as one of the major leaders of the English Reformation. This film reminds us in the twenty-first century of the tremendous price that has been paid by men such as Tyndale for the religious freedoms that we too often take for granted.

A true story, GOD'S OUTLAW is about international politics, church intrigue, cold-blooded betrayal, and false justice ending in a criminal's death. But it's also about victorious faith and spiritual triumph over some of the greatest political and religious forces known in the 16th century.

A simple God-seeking man, William Tyndale somehow became one of the most wanted men in England and all of Europe. Pursued by King Henry VIII, Lord Chancellor Sir Thomas More, and the Pope's personal legate Cardinal Wolsey, he darted across Europe to avoid capture -- always pushing to complete the task that obsessed him.

The task was translating the Bible into English and publishing it for his fellow countrymen -- Englishmen who lived in a country where the Bible and even prayers in English were outlawed by a harsh and rigid religious establishment. Today he is renowned as "the father of the English Bible," and is recognized as one of the major leaders of the English Reformation. But the tale of how he lived and died as "God's Outlaw" is a compelling "rest-of-the-story," and is especially a moving encouragement for modern people of faith.

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