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SERMONS

PREACHED BEFORE THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD LONDON

PRINTED BY SPOTTISWOODE AND CO.

NEW-STREET SQUARE

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MICHEL FELLOW OF QUEEN'S COLLEGE, OXFORD; LATE ONE OF THE SELECT PREACHERS

TO THE UNIVERSITY; AND PREACIER AT THE CHAPEL ROYAL, WHITEHALL

LIBRARY

KRVARD UNIVERS

LONDON

JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET

The right of translation is reserved

PREFACE.

The title, “Science in Theology," is intended to express the writer's purpose in the composition of the following Sermons, viz. to bring some of the discoveries and methods of the Physical and Moral Sciences to bear upon theoretic questions of Theology.

The history of the growth of systematic theology on the one hand, and of religious scepticism on the other, exhibits marked traces of the constant presence of an element which may be called Science in Theology. From the time that Theology first arose out of Religion, the speculative theory out of the practical art, it has never failed to receive a tinge from the condition of general knowledge existing, and the methods for the investigation of truth prevalent, in each particular age. Itself a kind of science — so far as systematic arrangement of principles can constitute science — it has shared the fate of the other sciences ; it has been compelled to take its place among them, and has met with opposition, or has

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