A curious and valuable manuscript on theological subjects, 1650.
MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION NUMBER 010
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CITATION: A curious and valuable manuscript on theological subjects, MSS 010, Archives and Manuscripts Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.
This volume appears to be a Seventeenth Century copybook of various
arguments on theology, religion, and philosophy. It contains nine
separate items bound together in one volume. Section one is a series
of arguments on the nature of reason, with its end to prove that reason
cannot be separate from God. This section is written in English.
Section two is a series of two separate arguments written in Latin.
The first series is ten sections long and the second series is six sections
long. Section three, composed in a different handwriting than the
previous sections, is a portion of a letter written in English to an unnamed
Duchess. The letter's author, someone who has been banished, pleads
with the recipient to reject Catholicism. The letter is missing an
unknown number of pages and begins in mid sentence. Section four
is written in Latin and cites biblical scriptures directed toward Roman
Catholic doctrine such as Purgatory, papal authority, and the sacraments.
Section five, also written in Latin, is a question-and-answer format of
theological questions. There are citations in the margins and some
passages contain brief citations in Hebrew and Greek. Section six
is a series of prayers written in English: "A Prayer for Heavenly Wisdom";
"A Prayer for expressing our sense of God's infinite greatness and our
owne [sic] vileness"; "A Prayer to ... in mind of God's omnipresence and
omniscience"; "A Prayer for saving grace." Section seven is a series
of tables with Roman, Greek, and Arabic numbers. Section eight appears
to be an English translation of a Latin text on Roman structures of command.
Section nine is a Latin text on moral discipline.
On the spine of the volume is written "A Curious & Valuable M.S. on Theological Subjects: 1650." Written on the inside front cover is the name A.W. Miller and the date, "April 8, 1869. It is assumed that A.W. Miller owned the volume at this time. The original compiler(s) of the volume is unknown.