INTRODUCTIONTHE idea of this study of John Donne's dogmatic and mystical
theology arose out of my thesis for the degree of Ph.D. in
English, Edinburgh University--The Mystical Element in the
Religious Poetry of the Seventeenth Century. In order to
study in detail the scholastic and mystical elements in Donne's
thought I had prepared an exhaustive anthology of his
Sermons illustrative of his dogmatic and mystical theology. I
was struck by Donne's sincere defence of the Anglican doctrine
and ritual, and decided to make a detailed and systematic
study of his theology.The first chapter deals with Donne's defence of the
Anglican Church against the Puritans and the Papists alike;
I have tried to show that his defence of the Anglican Church
was as sincere as that of other contemporary divines, like Hooker and Bishop Andrewes, and I have given, where it was
possible, parallel quotations to show their unanimity.The second chapter deals with Donne as a theologian, his
views on the creeds, the ritual, and the Sacraments of the
Altar, with the Anglican view about the Eucharistic Presence
and Sacrifice, with the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, the number of Sacraments, the invocation of Saints, and
prayer for the dead and other religious practices.The third chapter is a detailed study of Donne's treatment
of revealed theology which consists of
|1. ||The doctrine of God.|
|2. ||The Holy Trinity.|
|5. ||The Incarnation and Pre-existence of Christ.|
|6. ||The Resurrection.|
|7. ||The Ascension.|
The fourth chapter is a brief account of Donne's conception
of the Fall and Sin, and I have pointed out how far he agreed
with the Augustinian doctrine of the Fall, and the Thomist
conception of sin.
The fifth chapter deals with soteriology (i.e. the Atonement,
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Book title: The Dogmatic and Mystical Theology of John Donne.
Contributors: Itrat Husain - Author.
Publisher: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.
Place of publication: London.
Publication year: 1938.
Page number: xiii.
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