First published in 1880 and reprinted in 1987, this is a fascinating collection of essays by the nineteenth-century theologian and historian George P. Fisher, arranged into three key classifications. The first group comprises papers that relate to the history, polity and dogmas of the Roman Catholic Church, with a particular focus on how the religion of ancient Rome reappears in the characteristic features of Latin Christianity. The second group of essays relates to the New England theology that was pioneered by Jonathan Edwards and entailed important modifications in the philosophy of Calvinism. Unitarianism is also discussed in detail, which is the subject of a paper on Channing, who was regarded as the most prominent representative of the movement in America. The third set of essays explores Theism and Christian evidences, with papers presenting analyses of rationalistic theory, Atheism, and the intellectual and spiritual career of the Apostle Paul. A fascinating and comprehensive collection, this important reissue will be of particular value to students interested in the interplay between history and Christian theology.
Table of Contents
1. The Massacre of St Bartholomew 2. The Influence of the Old Roman Spirit and Religion on Latin Christianity 3. The Temporal Kingdom of the Popes 4. The Council of Constance and the Council of the Vatican 5. The Office of the Pope and how he is Chosen 6. The Relation of Protestantism and of Romanism to Modern Civilization 7. The Relation of the Church of England to the Other Protestant Bodies 8. The Philosophy of Jonathan Edwards 9. Channing as a Philosopher and Theologian 10. The System of Dr N. W. Taylor in its Connection with Prior New England Theology 11. The Augustinian and the Federal Doctrines of Original Sin 12. A Sketch of the History of the Doctrine of Future Punishment 13. Rationalism 14. The Unreasonableness of Atheism 15. The Apostle Paul 16. The Four Gospels: A Review of "Supernatural Religion"