The Limits of Religious Thought Examined in Eight Lectures, Preached before the University of Oxford, in the Year M.DCCC.LVIII. on the Foundation of the Late Rev. John Bampton

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THE LIMITS OF RELIGIOUS THOUGHT EXAMINED.

LECTURE I.

YE SHALL NOT ADD UNTO THE WORD WHICH I COMMAND YOU, NEITHER SHALL YE DIMINISH AUGHT FROM IT.--DEUT. IV. 2.

DOGMATISM and Rationalism are the two extremes between which religious philosophy perpetually oscillates. Each represents a system from which, when nakedly and openly announced, the well regulated mind almost instinctively shrinks back; yet which, in some more or less specious disguise, will be found to underlie the antagonist positions of many a theological controversy. Many a man who rejects isolated portions of Christian doctrine, on the ground that they are repugnant to his reason, would hesitate to avow broadly and unconditionally that reason is the supreme arbiter of all religious truth; though at the same time be would find it hard to point out any particular in which the position of reason, in relation to the truths which be still retains, differs from that which it occupies in relation to those which he rejects. And on the other hand, there are many who, while they would by no means construct a dogmatic system on the assumption that the conclusions of reason may always be

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Extract From The Last Will and Testament Of The Rev. John Bampton, Canon of Salisbury. V
  • Publishers' Advertisement - T0 The American Edition. VII
  • P R E F a C E - To The Third Edition. 9
  • Contents 35
  • Lecture I. 45
  • Lecture Ii. 68
  • Lecture Iii. 91
  • Lecture Iv. 114
  • Lecture V. 136
  • Lecture Vi. 158
  • Lecture Vii. 182
  • Lecture Viii. 204
  • Notes. 229
  • Index of Authors. 363
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