Ussher’s Body of Divinity

November 7, 2007

You can download ‘A Body of Divinity’ for free. This is a problematic text and cannot be regarded as Ussher’s Summa. In fact, Ussher at first disowned this volume, describing it as ‘a common place book’ of the opinions of others. He later came round to the idea of publication, accepting that some might find it useful. The material was drawn from Cartwright’s catechism and other sources and forms a remarkably coherent whole. It seems that Ussher used this material in catechizing and in this sense he can be said to have made it his own.  It is a great source for the opinions that were current in the early seventeenth century.

Alternatively, you can get hard copy from Solid Ground Christian Books. Their edition has a preface by Renaissance man Crawford Gribben, who is now in hiding in rural Ireland. I think the students at Manchester were beginning to frighten him. Check out their fan club page (or should that be ‘cult’) on Facebook.

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