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An Image Refashioned! Defender of the Faith

F. C. MATHER

in High Church Prophet

Published in print April 1992 | ISBN: 9780198202271
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191675263 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202271.003.0004
An Image Refashioned! Defender of the Faith

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The event that prompted the evolution of Horsley's opinions and stimulated the growth of a High Church theology during the decade was the Trinitarian controversy with Priestley (1783–90). The return to stringency in the 1780s was signalled by the imparting of a new depth to the controversy, as the doctrine of the Trinity became the touchstone of the teaching authority of the Anglican Church and of its standing in the community. Priestley sounded the call to battle in a book entitled A History of the Corruptions of Christianity, published in 1782. In it he aimed on the one hand to rescue the Christian religion from the sneers of fashionable unbelief that he had encountered on his visit to Paris in 1774 and in Lord Shelburne's circle by showing that the objects of attack were not part of the true and original Christian faith, but were introduced into it in the early Christian centuries by admixture with a different culture.

Keywords: Samuel Horsley; Trinitarian controversy; Trinity; Priestley; Christianity; High Church; Anglican Church

Chapter.  5736 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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