The Three Religious Leaders of Oxford and Their Movements: John Wycliffe, John Wesley, John Henry Newman

The Three Religious Leaders of Oxford and Their Movements: John Wycliffe, John Wesley, John Henry Newman

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The Three Religious Leaders of Oxford and Their Movements: John Wycliffe, John Wesley, John Henry Newman

The Three Religious Leaders of Oxford and Their Movements: John Wycliffe, John Wesley, John Henry Newman

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This book was suggested by a course of lectures delivered under the auspices of The Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences during the Lenten season of 1913. It has since been revised with some care, and would have been issued earlier but for the pressure of pastoral and public duties. It deals with three great Englishmen, great Christians, great Churchmen, and loyal sons of Oxford, who, as it seems to me, are the foremost leaders in religious life and activity that University has yet given to the world. Many prophets, priests, and kings have been nourished within her borders, but none who in significance and contribution to the general welfare compare with Wycliffe, the real originator of European Protestantism; Wesley, the Anglican priest who became the founder of Methodism and one of the makers of modern England and of English-speaking nations; Newman, the spiritual genius of his century who re-interpreted Catholicism, both Anglican and Roman.

Hence I have named the volume The Three Religious Leaders of Oxford and their Movements, a title which appears to be vindicated by the facts so far as I have been able to ascertain them. It will probably be said that I omit some of these and misconstrue others. This is more than likely, and if it be so, I must be held wholly responsible. I can only plead in extenuation that I have tried to be as disinterested and as just as my standpoint and the information at my disposal would permit, and that throughout I have sincerely intended to give an impetus to that fraternal spirit which leads to a more . . .

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