Origines Sacrae

Origines Sacrae


Origines Sacrae 1662 1st Edition

By Edward Stillingfleet

Printed In London by Robert White For Henry Mortlock

The Volume is in Very Good Condition Bound in blind ruled english calf, with the spine divided into five compartments by four raised bands, with board edges blind tooled and leaf edges red speckled. Externally the boards and spine are lightly scuffed in general, with splits to the hinges, and chipping to the spine, with the board corners bumped otherwise. Internally the leaves are generally clean and amply margined, and with the title in red and black.
The Volume is Complete in All Respects See below for pagination & dimensions.

Title - Origines Sacrae

Of Edward Stillingfleet

Edward Stillingfleet, was among the most prominent preachers in restoration England. A staunch defender of the anglican church, Stillingfleet was best known for his excellent sermons and striking figure at the pulpit. But his reputation initially grew from his writings, examining the

His first book was The Irenicum (1659) advocating compromise with the Presbyterians; following a Latitudinarian approach, he there shows the influence of John Selden and takes a close interest in the synagogue as a model of church structure. The philosophical basis was natural law and the state of nature. The arguments of the Irenicum were still live in the 1680s, when Gilbert Rule produced a Modest Answer. It was followed by Origines Sacrae, Or, A Rational Account of the Grounds of Christian Faith, as to the Truth and Divine Authority of the Scriptures, and Matters Therein Contained (1662) and A Rational Account of the Grounds of Protestant Religion (1664). It included an attack on Catholicism, and Edward Meredith replied on the Catholic side. A Discourse Concerning the Idolatry Practised in the Church of Rome (1671) formed part of a controversy with the recusant Catholic Thomas Godden and noted Church scholar Serenus de Cressy.

The Mischief of Separation (1687) originally a sermon, was followed up by The Unreasonableness of Separation: Or, An Impartial Account of the History, Nature and Pleas of the Present Separation from the Communion of the Church of England (1680). These attacks on the separatists among non-conformists prompted a large-scale response from dissenters, many of whom were disappointed with the harsher line from an Anglican who had in the past held out an olive branch. His opponents included Richard Baxter and John Owen. John Howe took the line that “latitude” was not compatible with a “mean narrow” approach. Stillingfleet was also criticised from the conforming side, for coming too close to the arguments of Thomas Hobbes. An Answer to Some Papers (1685) attempted to deal with the embarrassing publication of papers, allegedly written by the King, Charles II, arguing that one true church was that of Roman Catholicism. In the ensuing controversy, he issued A Vindication of the Answer to some Late Papers (1687) attacking John Dryden, whom he called a “grim logician”. Dryden retaliated, and incorporated the “grim logician” phrase as self-description in his poem The Hind and the Panther (1687), which alludes to Stillingfleet.

Pagination & Dimensions

The volume is paginated as follows: [36], 504, 509-619, [1]. The volume collates as follows: A2, a-d, B-4I4. The volume measures about 19 cm. By 15.5 cm. By 5.5 cm. Each leaf measures about 185 mm. By 140 mm.

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