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Select Works and Sermons of William Reed Huntington (19 vols.)

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Open a window onto Episcopal history with the works of nineteenth-century priest William Reed Huntington. A leading advocate for liturgical reform and church unity in America, Huntington was a part of 13 General Conventions, a major voice for the revision of the Book of Common Prayer, and the main figure behind the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral—four statements of Anglican belief aimed at unifying the church, first adopted by the House of Bishops in 1886. This collection gathers a broad swath of Huntington’s work, from the famous The Church Idea, an Essay toward Unity, to books of sermons, to a Short History of the Book of Common Prayer, to Sunday school lessons, to a devotional study of the architecture of the house of God.

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  • Collects sermons, essays, Sunday school lessons, and poetic works by William Reed Huntington
  • Provides insight into the history of the Episcopal Church
  • Includes the work that formed the basis of the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral

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The Church Idea, an Essay toward Unity

  • Author: William Reed Huntington
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1899
  • Pages: 220

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This essay, originally published in 1870, was the basis for the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral. William Reed Huntington became a national advocate for church unity with the publication of this essay, providing four essential points of doctrine that he proposed be used in unifying the church, replacing the Thirty-Nine Articles.

Conditional Immortality

  • Author: William Reed Huntington
  • Publisher: E. P. Dutton & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1878
  • Pages: 228

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William Reed Huntington wrote the sermons compiled in this volume while rector of All Saints Church in Worcester, Massachussetts. Using “plain language,” he examines the topic of conditional immortality using Charles Frederick Hudson’s Debt and Grace and Edward White’s Life in Christ.

Sermons:

  • “The Eternal Purpose”
  • “The Argument for Retribution”
  • “Possible Forms of Penalty”
  • “The Hypothesis of Everlasting Torment”
  • “The Hypothesis of Final Restoration”
  • “The Likeliest Belief”
  • “Christ’s Law of Survival”
  • “The Heaven for Man”

Catholic Dogma: The Fundamental Truths of Revealed Religion

  • Authors: William Reed Huntington, A.N. Littlejohn, Alfred G. Mortimer, John H. Elliott, Davis Sessums, and G.H.S. Walpole
  • Publisher: E. & J. B. Young & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1892
  • Pages: 216

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This volume contains lectures delivered in 1891 by a variety of preachers “under the auspices of the Church Club of New York.” They cover essential points of Christian doctrine, explaining dogma in clear and accessible language.

Contents:

  • “The Nature of Dogma and Its Obligation” by A.N. Littlejohn
  • “The Holy Trinity” by William Reed Huntington
  • “The Incarnation” by Alfred G. Mortimer
  • “The Atonement” by John H. Elliott
  • “The Office and Work of the Holy Spirit” by Davis Sessums
  • “Grace and the Sacramental System” by G.H.S. Walpole

A.N. Littlejohn was the Episcopal bishop of Long Island.

Alfred G. Mortimer was rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia.

John H. Elliott was rector of the Church of the Ascension in Washington, D.C.

Davis Sessums was the Episcopal bishop of Louisiana.

G.H.S. Walpole was professor of systematic divinity and dogmatic theology in the General Theological Seminary.

A Short History of the Book of Common Prayer

  • Author: William Reed Huntington
  • Publisher: Thomas Whittaker
  • Publication Date: 1893
  • Pages: 254

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William Reed Huntington compiles a number of essays on the history of the Book of Common Prayer, covering its origins and vicissitudes, as well as revision of the American Common Prayer, and “The Book Annexed: Its Critics and Its Prospects.” An appendix contains three extra sections on the prayer book and the revisions made to it: “Permanent and Variable Characteristics of the Prayer Book—A Sermon before Revision, 1878,” “The Outcome of Revision, 1892,” and “Tabular View of Additions Made at the Successive Revisions, 1552–1892.”

A National Church

  • Author: William Reed Huntington
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1899
  • Pages: 132

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This volume contains the text of an address originally delivered at Kenyon College. American Episcopal priest William Reed Huntington—a major advocate of church unity—presents his ideas in favor of a national church, covering the theory and practicability of such an institution. An appendix includes the additional sections: “Concerning Neutralization of Territory in the Region of Sacramental Theology,” “The Place of Temperament in Religion,” and “A Bibliography of Irenic Literature, American and English.”

Sonnets and a Dream

  • Author: William Reed Huntington
  • Publisher: Thomas Whittaker
  • Publication Date: 1903
  • Pages: 122

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Sonnets and a Dream displays the poetic work of American Episcopalian priest, William Reed Huntington. This volume compiles Huntington’s sonnets organized by the categories earth and sky, country, doubt and faith, and friendship. It also includes other pieces of his verse, such as the dream poem, “Christmas Island,” as well as “The Last Denial,” “Simon Peter,” and “Cradle Song.”

A Good Shepherd and Other Sermons

  • Author: William Reed Huntington
  • Publisher: Thomas Whittaker
  • Publication Date: 1906
  • Pages: 296

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This volume compiles a number of sermons preached by Episcopalian priest, William Reed Huntington, in which he expounds on a variety of Scripture passages, helping his audience to grasp the meaning of the text and apply it to daily life.

Sermons include:

  • “A Good Shepherd”
  • “Analysis Is Not All”
  • “The Taxing”
  • “The Wilderness a School of Character”
  • “A Day’s Journey away from Christ”
  • “Priesthood in the Light of the Transfiguration”
  • “Facing Inevitable Change”
  • “The Embarrassment of Pontius Pilate”
  • “The Contemporary Christ”
  • “The Eagle and the Stars”
  • “The Wickedness of War”
  • “Simeon and Anna”

The Peace of the Church

  • Author: William Reed Huntington
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1899
  • Pages: 266

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William Reed Huntington notes that he is one of a group who “have become convinced that only in a genuine, thorough-going, actual, and visible unity is there hope for the survival of what is best in the Christian life of the Republic.” In The Peace of the Church pursues the topic of church unity in America, using the points of the Quadrilateral: 1. The Holy Scriptures as being the rule and ultimate standard of faith, 2. The Apostles’ Creed, as the baptismal symbol and the Nicene Creed as the sufficient statement of the Christian faith, 3. The two sacraments ordained by Christ himself, 4. The historic episcopate, locally adapted.

Contents:

  • A Protocol
  • The Archives
  • The Credenda
  • The Signs and Seals
  • Pilotage
  • A Church by Love Established

Questions for the First Half of the Christian Year

  • Author: William Reed Huntington
  • Publisher: E. & J. B. Young & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1875
  • Pages: 75

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This book is designed to “familiarize the minds of children with the grand facts of the Incarnation,” to provide an outline of the Gospels for children to build further study upon. It provides brief lessons for use in Sunday school classes covering from the first Sunday in Advent to Trinity Sunday. Each lesson contains a passage from the Gospels “to be learned by heart” along with a set of questions and answers related to it for use in instruction. Some lessons are also appended by a selection of sacred poetry.

Questions for the Last Half of the Christian Year

  • Author: William Reed Huntington
  • Publisher: E. & J. B. Young & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1866
  • Pages: 78

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This book picks up where its companion, Questions for the Last Half of the Christian Year left off, containing Sunday school lessons for all the Sundays during the time after Trinity Sunday until Advent. Each lesson contains a passage of Scripture from the Old Testament, along with pertinent questions and answers. It is designed to “furnish an outline” of the Old Testament narrative from which they can build with further study as they mature.

The Causes of the Soul

  • Author: William Reed Huntington
  • Publisher: E. P. Dutton & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1891
  • Pages: 404

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This volume compiles sermons from William Reed Huntington which were written while he was rector of Grace Church in New York. The sermons of this Episcopalian priest share biblical wisdom while also providing insight into his ministry. Huntington focuses mainly on Scripture from the Gospels, offering practical exposition and vivid illustration to help his audience better understand truths of the Bible.

Sermons include:

  • “The Causes of the Soul”
  • “Renewal”
  • “Why Do I Live?”
  • “The Unpardonable Sin”
  • “‘The Scorn of Scorn’”
  • “God’s Silence”
  • “Fatalism”
  • “The Reasonableness of Prayer”
  • “The Evidential Value of Christlikeness”
  • “The One Thing Needful”
  • “Latent Faith”
  • “The Heart’s Ignorance of Itself”
  • “Rooted in Charity”

Four Key-words of Religion

  • Author: William Reed Huntington
  • Publisher: Thomas Whittaker
  • Publication Date: 1899
  • Pages: 121

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In this volume, William Reed Huntington crafts “an essay in unsystematic divinity” using four key words: life, light, law, and love. Huntington establishes each as an essential point, and examines each in turn in relation to Christianity and the Christian life.

Psyche: A Study of the Soul

  • Author: William Reed Huntington
  • Publisher: Thomas Whittaker
  • Publication Date: 1899
  • Pages: 106

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In this study, Episcopalian priest William Reed Huntington examines the soul from a biblical standpoint. In accessible, conversational language, Huntington looks at the “mystery of [the soul]’s origin,” “the methods of her discipline,” “the enemies of her peace,” “the sorrows of her pilgrimage,” and “the splendor of her destiny,” offering bits of practical and pastoral wisdom. Finally, Huntington concludes the volume with a discussion of “the cure of souls.”

Theology’s Eminent Domain

  • Author: William Reed Huntington
  • Publisher: Thomas Whittaker
  • Publication Date: 1902
  • Pages: 140

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This volume compiles seven papers by William Reed Huntington, where he expounds on a variety of theological topics in clear and conversational language.

Contents:

  • “Theology’s Eminent Domain”
  • “Ecclesia Mediatrix”
  • “Why Nine Divinity Schools in Tokyo?”
  • “A Cosmic View of the Atonement”
  • “The Style and Temper of the Book of Common Prayer”
  • “How the Episcopal Church is Organized”
  • “On the Firing-line of Christendom”

Nature and Human Nature

  • Author: William Reed Huntington
  • Publisher: Grace House
  • Publication Date: 1909
  • Pages: 60

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This volume gathers three sermons William Reed Huntington preached during January 1909 while rector of Grace Church in New York. In a conversational and pastoral tone, Huntington speaks on 1 Corinthians 12:30, Matthew 24:6, and Psalm 119:19, in the sermons, “Psychotherapy,” “Messina,” and “A Stranger upon Earth.”

Popular Misconceptions of the Episcopal Church

  • Author: William Reed Huntington
  • Publisher: Thomas Whittaker
  • Publication Date: 1891
  • Pages: 87

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Nineteenth-century leader in the Episcopalian church, William Reed Huntington addresses common perceptions of the Episcopal Church in this volume, presenting a case for how these perceptions are false. Huntington assembles and addresses seven misconceptions with clear and concise arguments.

Contents:

  • “That It Magnifies Empty Forms and Ceremonies”
  • “That It Knows Nothing of a Change of Heart”
  • “That It Is Given over to Worldliness”
  • “That It Is Narrow and Exclusive”
  • “That It Is Honeycombed with Romanism”
  • “That It Is a House Divided against Itself”

The Book Annexed: Its Critics and Its Prospects

  • Author: William Reed Huntington
  • Publication Date: 1886
  • Pages: 69

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This volume contains three papers by William Reed Huntington discussing changes to the Book of Common Prayer at the 1883 General Convention. He analyzes criticism of the changes and the prospects of the changes going forward.

Quinquaginta

  • Author: William Reed Huntington
  • Publication Date: 1888
  • Pages: 144

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William Reed Huntington compiled this book in celebration of his fiftieth birthday. Quinquaginta—containing 50 of his poems—was privately printed and sent to 50 of his friends. He notes, “That a man at fifty should have been guilty of as many rhymed indiscretions as he has lived years is nothing strange. The wonderful feature of this case is my being able to count up 50 friends to whom I can send so odd a birthday book . . . without fear of being laughed at for my pains.” This volume provides insight into his literary endeavors.

The Spiritual House: A First Lesson in Architecture

  • Author: William Reed Huntington
  • Publisher: Thomas Whittaker
  • Publication Date: 1895
  • Pages: 70

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In this unique work, William Reed Huntington teaches a spiritual object lesson as he considers the significance of houses and specifically “the house of God.” This text is divided into five sections: “The Porch,” “The Nave,” “The Transepts,” “The Choir,” and “The Sanctuary.” In each section, Huntington relates these structures to “Humility,” “Fellowship,” “Sacrifice,” “Joy,” and “Peace,” discussing each in turn.

About William Reed Huntington

William Reed Huntington (1838–1909) was an Episcopal priest. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, he was educated at Harvard and taught chemistry there from 1859 to 1860. He was ordained in 1862, and served as the parish priest of All Saints Church in Worcester, Massachusetts and then of Grace Church in New York from 1883 to 1909. A major voice for the revision of the Book of Common Prayer and deeply involved in seeking Church unity, Huntington was secretary of the Prayer-Book Revisions Committee and coeditor of the Standard Prayer-Book of 1892. His The Church Idea, an Essay toward Unity formed the basis for the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral.

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