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The Limits of Religious Thought Examined in Eight Lectures
Preached before the University of Oxford, in the Year M.DCCC.LVIII on the Foundation of the Late Rev. John Bampton


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  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108000574


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  • The Bampton lectures at Oxford, founded by the bequest of John Bampton in order to examine ideas from Christian theology, have taken place regularly since 1780. In 1858 the philosopher Henry Longueville Mansel delivered the set of eight lectures reissued in this volume. Mansel expresses the view - influenced by Kant and Hamilton - that the human mind is 'conditioned' and that human knowledge is strictly limited to the finite. Humans cannot attain any positive conception of the nature of the 'Absolute and Infinite Being' with certainty. We only have an imperfect representation of God and the divine through their analogy to finite things. And yet, God exists. Mansel asserts that God cannot be understood by reason but should be accepted by faith. His book ignited a bitter controversy with the Christian socialist theologian Frederick Maurice, and remains of interest to historians of philosophy and theology to this day.

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    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108000574
    • length: 404 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 3 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Summary of the argument
    Testimonies of theologians
    1. Lecture 1
    2. Lecture 2
    3. Lecture 3
    4. Lecture 4
    5. Lecture 5
    6. Lecture 6
    7. Lecture 7
    8. Lecture 8.

  • Author

    Henry Longueville Mansel

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