RIDGLEY, THOMAS, 1667?-1734.
Exercises by way off [sic] catechising [sic] the Ten Commandments, 1717.
MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION NUMBER 205
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CITATION: Thomas Ridgley Exercises by way off [sic] catechising [sic] the Ten Commandments, MSS 205, Archives and Manuscripts Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.
Thomas Ridgley was born in London around 1667. He studied for
the ministry in Wiltshire and was selected to assist the Pastor Thomas
Gouge at the independent church at Three Cranes in London in 1695.
On Gouge's death in 1700, Ridgley succeeded as Pastor and remained in this
office until his own death in 1734. In 1712 he was elected to the
office of Divinity Tutor at the Fund Academy, which was established by
the London Congregational Fund Board. In 1719 Ridgley participated
in the Salter's Hall debates, arguing for strict adherence to the Church
of England's 39 Articles. Rejecting liberalizing doctrines as Arianism
and Arminianism, Ridgley propounded a conservative Calvinism. He
published several sermons and lectures and wrote many religious works,
including "The Unreasonableness of the Charge of ... Creed-making," (1719)
and "An Essay concerning Truth and Charity," (1721) both written about
the Salter's Hall subscription debates. His work, Body of Divinity,
(1731), regarding the catechism of the Anglican Church, became a textbook
for moderate Calvinism and garnered its author an honorary Doctor of Divinity
degree from the University of Aberdeen. He died March 27, 1734.
This volume is an Anglican catechism consisting of a series of questions and answers concerning the Ten Commandments. It is similar in content to the section concerning the Ten Commandments of Ridgley's Body of Divinity. The text is handwritten in ink on paper and contains 625 pages. There is an errata section on the last page. The alternate title, "Catechiestical [sic] exercises on the Ten Commandments," appears on page one.
A handwritten note is bound into the beginning of the volume. In addition to a brief biography of the author, Thomas Ridgley, it gives a short history of the volume, saying "This MS comes from the library of the Barnardiston family of the Ryes, Sudsbury, Suffolk."
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