As you go about your daily business, kindly be reminded that John Wycliffe’s splinter sect the Lollards wrote their Twelve Conclusions in 1395, and that one of them was ARTS AND CRAFTS.
These conclusions discuss transubstantiation, exorcisms and hallowings, the priesthood, the state of the church, clerical celibacy, abortion, the distinction between secular and spiritual authority, confession, pilgrimages, the Crusades, prayers for the dead, and also arts and crafts.
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“The twelfth conclusion is that the multitude of crafts not needful used in our church nourisheth much sin in waste, curiosity, and disguising. This showeth experience, and reason proveth, for nature with a few crafts sufficeth to need of man. The corollary is, since Saint Paul sayeth, we having our bodily food and clothing, we should hold ourselves satisfied, us thinketh that goldsmiths and armourers and all manner crafts not needful to men, after [according to] the Apostle, should be destroyed for the increase of virtue. For though to these crafts named were much more needful in the Old Law, the New testament hath voided these and many others.”
TOO MANY CRAFTS NOWADAYS, CAN’T HAVE SO MANY CRAFTS. THE GREATEST SINS PLAGUING THE CHURCH RIGHT NOW ARE PRIESTS MISBEHAVING SEXUALLY, THE USE OF PILGRIMAGES AND RELICS TO SWINDLE AND CHEAT ILLITERATE CHRISTIANS, THE DOCTRINE OF TRANSUBSTANTIATION, AND ALSO THERE ARE TOO MANY CRAFTS, LET’S JUST HAVE TWO OR THREE AT THE MOST.
I love proto-Protestant history more than anything in this great wide world.
Mallory is an Editor of The Toast.