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EARLY HISTORY

OF THE

ATHANASIAN CREED

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THE ATHANASIAN CREED: an Examina

tion of Recent Theories respecting its Date and
Origin. With a Postscript referring to Professor
Swainson's Account of its Growth and Reception,
which is contained in his Work entitled “The
Nicene and Apostles' Creeds, their Literary History.”

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Author of The Athanasian Creed : an Examination of Recent

Theories respecting its Date and Origin"

RIVINGTONS
WATERLOO PLACE, LONDON

Oxford and Cambridge

MDCCCLXXX

110

635,

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PREFACE.

THIS

THIS work is one essentially of a fragmentary and

supplementary character. It does not aim at giving a complete account of the Creed of St. Athanasius in any stage or department of its history. A few years ago—at the time of the agitation respecting the retention of the Creed in the services of the Church of England—my sense of the mischief which was being wrought by the theories of Mr. Ffoulkes and Dr. Swainson induced me to prepare and publish an examination of the arguments employed by those scholars. And I laid down my pen with the fullest conviction of the sufficiency of my case, notwithstanding the feebleness of its exponent. But the subject interested me so deeply that I was unable to throw it aside ; and I was led on to seek for further information from original sources, which previously had not engaged my attention. Hence my researches in the Bibliothèque Nationale at Paris, the Troyes, the British Museum, and the Bodleian Libraries, the results of which are contained in the present volume. At the same time, other matter has been cast in—I

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