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The English Church in the Eighteenth Century eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 665 pages of information about The English Church in the Eighteenth Century.

(C.J.  Abbey.)

Comprehension in the English Church, 147
Attitude towards Rome in eighteenth century, 148
  Strength of Protestant feeling, 148
  Exceptional interest in the Gallican Church, 149
Archbishop Wake and the Sorbonne divines, 149
  Alienation unmixed with interest in the middle of the eighteenth
    century, 152
  The exiled French clergy, 154
The reformed churches abroad:—­
  Relationship with them a practical question of great interest since
    James ii.’s time, 155
  Alternation of feeling on the subject since the Reformation, 156
  The Protestant cause at the opening of the eighteenth century, 158
  The English Liturgy and Prussian Lutherans, 160
  Subsidence of interest in foreign Protestantism, 163
Nonconformists at home:—­
  Strong feeling in favour of a national unity in Church
    matters, 164
  Feeling at one time in favour of comprehension, both among Churchmen
    and Nonconformists, 166
  General view of the Comprehension Bills, 169
  The opportunity transitory, 174
  Church comprehension in the early part of the eighteenth century
    confessedly hopeless, 175
  Partial revival of the idea in the middle of the century, 177
Comprehension of Methodists, 180
Occasional conformity:—­
  A simple question complicated by the Test Act, 183
  The Occasional Conformity Bill, 184
  Occasional conformity, apart from the test, a ’healing
    custom’, 185
  But by some strongly condemned, 186
  Important position it might have held in the system of the National
    Church, 187
Revision of Church formularies; subscription:—­
  Distaste for any ecclesiastical changes, 188
  The ‘Free and Candid Disquisitions’, 189
  Subscription to the Articles, 190
  Arian subscription, 193
  Proposed revision of Church formularies, 195
Isolation of the English Church at the end of the last century, 195
The period unfitted to entertain and carry out ideas of Church
  development, 196

CHAPTER VI.

The trinitarian controversy.

(J.H.  Overton.)

Importance of the question at issue, 197
Four different views on the subject, 198
Bull’s ‘Defensio Fidei Nicaenae’, 199
Sherlock, Wallis, and South on the Trinity, 200
Charles Leslie on Socinianism, 201-2
William Whiston on the Trinity, 202-4
Samuel Clarke the reviver of modern Arianism, 204
Opponents of Clarke, 205
Waterland on the Trinity, 205-13
Excellences of Waterland’s writings, 213
Convocation and Dr. Clarke, 214
Arianism among Dissenters, 215
Arianism lapses into Socinianism.—­Faustus Socinus, 215
Modern Socinianism, 216
Isaac Watts on the Trinity, 217-9
Blackburne’s ‘Confessional’, 219
Jones of Nayland on the Trinity, 219-20
Priestley on the Trinity, 220
Horsley’s replies to Priestley, 220-4
Unitarians and Trinitarians (nomenclature), 225
Deism and Unitarianism, 226

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