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History of Free Thought in Reference to The Christian Religion   By: (1826-1905)

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History of Free Thought

in Reference to

The Christian Religion

Eight Lectures

Preached Before The

University of Oxford, in the year M.DCCC.LXII., on the Foundation of the Late Rev. John Bampton, M.A., Canon of Salisbury.


Adam Storey Farrar, M.A.

Michel Fellow of Queen's College, Oxford.

New York:

D. Appleton And Company,

443 & 445 Broadway.



Will of Rev. John Bampton. Preface. Analysis of the lectures. Lecture I. On The Subject, Method, And Purpose Of The Course Of Lectures. Lecture II. The Literary Opposition of Heathens Against Christianity in the Early Ages. Lecture III. Free Thought During The Middle Ages, and At The Renaissance; Together With Its Rise in Modern Times. Lecture IV. Deism in England Previous to A.D. 1760. Lecture V. Infidelity in France in the Eighteenth Century, and Unbelief in England Subsequent to 1760. Lecture VI. Free Thought In The Theology Of Germany From 1750 1835. Lecture VII. Free Thought: In Germany Subsequently To 1835; And In France During The Present Century. Lecture VIII. Free Thought in England in the Present Century; Summary of the Course of Lectures; Inferences in Reference to Present Dangers and Duties. Notes. Lecture I. Lecture II. Lecture III. Lecture IV. Lecture V. Lecture VI. Lecture VII. Lecture VIII. Index. Footnotes


Extract From The Last Will And Testament Of The Late Rev. John Bampton, Canon Of Salisbury.

" I give and bequeath my Lands and Estates to the Chancellor, Masters, and Scholars of the University of Oxford for ever, to have and to hold all and singular the said Lands or Estates upon trust, and to the intents and purposes hereinafter mentioned; that is to say, I will and appoint that the Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford for the time being shall take and receive all the rents, issues, and profits thereof, and (after all taxes, reparations, and necessary deductions made) that he pay all the remainder to the endowment of eight Divinity Lecture Sermons, to be established for ever in the said University, and to be performed in the manner following:

"I direct and appoint, that, upon the first Tuesday in Easter Term, a Lecturer be yearly chosen by the Heads of Colleges only, and by no others, in the room adjoining to the Printing House, between the hours of ten in the morning and two in the afternoon, to preach eight Divinity Lecture Sermons, the year following, at St. Mary's in Oxford, between the commencement of the last month in Lent Term, and the end of the third week in Act Term.

"Also I direct and appoint, that the eight Divinity Lecture Sermons shall be preached upon either of the following Subjects to confirm and establish the Christian Faith, and to confute all heretics and schismatics upon the divine authority of the holy Scriptures upon the authority of the writings of the primitive Fathers, as to the faith and practice of the primitive Church upon the Divinity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ upon the Divinity of the Holy Ghost upon the Articles of the Christian Faith as comprehended in the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds.

"Also I direct, that thirty copies of the eight Divinity Lecture Sermons shall be always printed, within two months after they are preached; and one copy shall be given to the Chancellor of the University, and one copy to the Head of every College, and one copy to the Mayor of the city of Oxford, and one copy to be put into the Bodleian Library; and the expense of printing them shall be paid out of the revenue of the Land or Estates given for establishing the Divinity Lecture Sermons; and the Preacher shall not be paid nor be entitled to the revenue before they are printed... Continue reading book >>

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