The Conversion of the Northern Nations: The Boyle Lectures for the Year 1865

The Conversion of the Northern Nations: The Boyle Lectures for the Year 1865

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The Conversion of the Northern Nations: The Boyle Lectures for the Year 1865

The Conversion of the Northern Nations: The Boyle Lectures for the Year 1865

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The discourses which were delivered at the Boyle Lecture in the present year were intended to be a continuation of those of the year preceding, on the Conversion of the Roman Empire. It had been justly remarked that in my earlier course I had treated principally of the preparation of the heathen world for the reception of Christianity, and had said too little of the progress of thought and opinion among the Christians themselves, which led to that development of Nicene theology to which I had pointed as the goal of Pagan conversion. Without pledging myself at the time to carry on my historical view to the conversion of the Northern Nations, such had been from the first my wish and distant object; and I already contemplated giving such a sketch of the progress of dogma within the Church as might correspond with that of the revolution of religious opinion without it. I make this remark now, superfluous though it may perhaps . . .

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