The Dogmatic and Mystical Theology of John Donne

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INTRODUCTION
THE 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.
3. Creation.
4. Christology.
5. The Incarnation and Pre-existence of Christ.
6. The Resurrection.
7. The Ascension.
8. Angels.

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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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction xiii
  • Chapter I John Donne and the Anglican Church 1
  • Chapter II 23
  • Chapter III John Donne and Revealed Theology 43
  • Chapter IV John Donne and the Doctrine of the "Fall" and Sin 77
  • Chapter V John Donne and Soteriology 94
  • Chapter VI 112
  • Chapter VII John Donne and Mystical Theology 120
  • Appendix to Chapter II 144
  • Bibliography 148
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