PYLE, Thomas

A Vindication of the Lord Bishop of Bangor and five other tracts.

$240

London: Printed for John Wyat. 1718 and 1719.

A Volume of six tracts relating to the Bangorian Controversy. 8vo, 192x120mm. pp. [i], 56; 80; xxxii, 1-40, 41-96; 54, [i]; 46. Contemporary vellum, handwritten on the spine is "Pyle". Half title to the whole volume: "Mr Pyle's Answer to Mr. Law". From the Library of the Earls of Macclesfield, the front pastedown has the bookplate from the South Library. An attractive volume bringing together a series of letters by Thomas Pyle in support of Benjamin Hoadly's (Bishop of Bangor) Whiggish Low Church supinity. The final letter is a reply to Pyle. The whole controversy has an air of Big-endians versus Little-endians although it now appears to be little more than a minor crack in the great rift in English political life currently manifested in the tribal wars between Leave and Remain.

1. A Vindication of the Lord Bishop of Bangor wherein is considered the true Notion of Religious Sincerity, as available to the Salvation of Men; and of Church Authority, with respect to the Distinctions between Real, Mere and Absolute Authority. In Answer to the Exceptions of Mr Law. In a Letter to a Member of the University of Cambridge. 1718.
2. A Second Vindication of the Lord Bishop of Bangor. Wherein Mr Law’s Notions of Benediction, Absolution and Church-Communion are proved to be destructive of the whole Christian Religion, and contrary to Common Sense....In a Second Letter to a Member of the University of Cambridge. 1718
3a. An Answer to Mr Stebbing’s Remarks concerning Religious Sincerity and Church-Authority. Being a Further Vindication of the Lord Bishop of Bangor. With a Preface in Answer to that of the Reverend the Dean of Chichester. 1719.
3b. A Farther Vindication of the Lord Bishop of Bangor, with respect to the Doctrine of Religious Sincerity, as available to the Salvation of Men; in Answer to Mr Stebbing’s Remarks upon his Lordship’s Position concerning it. In a Third Letter to a Member of the University of Cambridge.
4. A Farther Vindication of the Lord Bishop of Bangor, with respect to Church Authority in Answer to Mr Stebbing’s Defence....In a Fourth Letter to a Member of the University of Cambridge.
5. An Answer to Mr Stebbing’s Miscellaneous Observations upon Some Passages in the Bishop of Bangor’s Answer to the Representation being the Conclusion of the Vindication of His Lordship against the First Head of the Charge of the Committee. A Fifth Letter to a Member of the University of Cambridge. 1719
6. A Letter to the Reverend Mr Pyle, Occasion’d by his Exceptions against Mr Law’s First Letter to the Bishop of Bangor. To which is annex’d a Postscript in answer to Mr Pyle’s Challenge. 1718.

 

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