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

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In "History of Free Thought in Reference to The Christian Religion," Adam Storey Farrar takes readers on an enlightening journey through the evolution of thought and its impact on Christianity. With meticulous research and a comprehensive understanding of religious history, Farrar presents a compelling argument for the importance of unbiased inquiry and critical examination.

Farrar's writing style is concise yet thought-provoking, allowing readers to navigate through complex concepts with ease. Beginning with an exploration of ancient Greek philosophy and its influence on early Christian thought, the author skillfully demonstrates the interconnectedness of these seemingly disparate intellectual traditions.

Throughout the book, Farrar employs a balanced approach, presenting various perspectives and philosophical movements that have challenged Christian dogma over the centuries. From the Renaissance and the Enlightenment to the scientific revolution, he skillfully guides readers through pivotal moments in history, shedding light on the ways free thought has shaped and reshaped religious beliefs.

One of the book's strengths lies in its ability to shed light on lesser-known figures who have played a significant role in the history of free thought. Farrar introduces readers to a diverse array of thinkers, from philosophers and theologians to scientists and writers, each advocating for intellectual autonomy and the questioning of orthodox doctrines. By highlighting the contributions of these individuals, Farrar showcases the rich tapestry of perspectives that have shaped the advancement of free thought.

While the book primarily focuses on the relationship between free thought and Christianity, Farrar also provides a broader context by exploring the interplay between religion and other belief systems. This broadened scope allows readers to appreciate the complexity of religious belief and the ways in which diverse cultures and traditions have contributed to the development of free thought worldwide.

Although "History of Free Thought in Reference to The Christian Religion" is a scholarly work, Farrar's writing remains accessible and engaging throughout. He avoids excessive jargon, making the book suitable for both the general reader interested in religious history and scholars seeking an in-depth analysis of free thought's impact on Christianity.

In conclusion, Adam Storey Farrar's "History of Free Thought in Reference to The Christian Religion" is an exceptional exploration of the relationship between religious orthodoxy and the pursuit of intellectual freedom. Through its meticulous research, balanced approach, and insightful analysis, the book provides a valuable resource for anyone interested in understanding the dynamic and evolving nature of religious belief throughout history.

First Page:

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... Continue reading book >>

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