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A discourse of matters pertaining to religion.

Author: Theodore Parker
Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 1856.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 4th edView all editions and formats
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Parker, Theodore, 1810-1860.
Discourse of matters pertaining to religion.
Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 1856
(OCoLC)794644559
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Theodore Parker
OCLC Number: 13949418
Notes: "The substance of a series of five lectures delivered in Boston, during the last autumn"--Pref. to 1st ed. dated May, 1842.
Description: xi, 466 pages 21 cm
Contents: Book I. Of religion in general: or a discourse of the religious element and its manifestations --
Chapter I. An examination of the religious element in man, and the existence of its object --
Chapter II. Of the sentiment, idea, and conception of God --
Chapter III. Extent and power of the religious sentiment --
IV. The idea of religion connected with science and life --
V. The three great historical forms of religion --
VI. Of certain doctrines connected with religion --
1. Of the primitive state of mankind --
2. Of the immortality of the soul --
VII. The influence of the religious sentiment on life --
Book II. The relation of the religious element to God, or a discourse of inspiration --
Chapter I. The idea and conception of God --
Chapter II. The relation of nature to God --
Chapter III. Statement of the analogy drawn from God's relation to nature --
Chapter IV. The general relation of supply to want --
Chapter V. Statement of the analogy from this relation --
Chapter VI. The rationalistic view, or naturalism --
VII. The anti rationalistic view, or supernaturalism --
VIII. The natural religious view, or spiritualism --
Book III. The relation of the religious element to Jesus of Nazareth, or a discourse of Christianity --
Chapter I. Statement of the question and the method of inquiry --
Chapter II. Removal of some difficulties --
Chapter III. The main features of Christianity --
Chapter IV. The authority of Jesus, its real and pretended source --
Chapter V. The essential peculiarity of the Christian religion --
Chapter VI. The moral and religious character of Jesus of Nazareth --
VII. Mistakes about Jesus, his reception and influence --
Book IV. The relation of the religious element to the greatest of books or a discourse of the Bible --
Chapter I. Position of the Bible, claims made for it, statement of the question --
Chapter II. An examination of the claims of the Old Testament to be a divine, miraculous, or infallible composition --
Chapter III. An examination of the claims of the New Testament to be a divine, miraculous, or infallible composition --
Chapter IV. The absolute religion independent of historical documents: the Bible as it is --
V. Cause of the false and the real veneration for the Bible --
Book V. The relation of the religious element to the greatest of human institutions, or a discourse of the church --
Chapter I. Claims of the Christian church --
II. The gradual formation of the Christian church --
III. The fundamental and distinctive idea of the Christian church, division of the Christian sects --
IV. The Catholic party --
V. The protestant party --
VI. Of the party that are neither Catholics nor protestants --
VII. The final answer to the question.
Responsibility: By Theodore Parker.

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