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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Abbott, Edwin 1838-1926

English schoolmaster and theologian, was born on the 20th of December 1838. He was educated at the City of London school and at St John's College, Cambridge, where he took the highest honours in the classical, mathematical and theological triposes, and became fellow of his college. In 1862 he took orders. After holding masterships at King Edward's School, Birmingham, and at Clifton College, he succeeded G. F. Mortimer as headmaster of the City of London school in 1865 at the early age of twenty-six. He was Hulsean lecturer in 1876.
He retired in 1889, and devoted himself to literary and theological pursuits. Dr Abbott's liberal inclinations in theology were prominent both in his educational views and in his books. His Shakespearian Grammar (1870) is a permanent contribution to English philology. In 1885 he published a life of Francis Bacon. His theological writings include three anonymously published religious romances - Philochristus (1878), Onesimus (1882), Sitanus (1906). More weighty contributions are the anonymous theological discussion The Kernel and the Husk (1886), Philomythus (1891), his book on Cardinal Newman as an Anglican (1892), and his article The Gospels in the ninth edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, embodying a critical view which caused considerable stir in the English theological world; he also wrote St Thomas of Canterbury, his Death and Miracles (1898), Johannine Vocabulary (1905), Johannine Grammar (1906).
His brother, Evelyn Abbott (1843-1901), was a well-known tutor of Balliol, Oxford, and author of a scholarly History of Greece.

Philomythus : An Antidote Against Credulity ; A Discussion of Cardinal Newman's Essay on Ecclesiastical Miracles - 1891 - Abbott, Edwin Abbott, 1838-1926
An antidote against credulity
This book is mentioned favorably in B. B. Warfield's "Counterfeit Miracles" as a refutation of J. H. Newman's essay on ecclesiastical miracles.

However, the following work on Thomas a Becket is described by Warfield as "a very extended discussion of the miracles of Thomas a Becket, under the impression that some sort of a parallel might be drawn between them and the miracles of the New Testament, to the disadvantage of the acknowledgment of the truly miraculous character of the latter."
St. Thomas of Canterbury, His Death and Miracles (Volume 1) - Abbott, Edwin Abbott, 1838-1926
St. Thomas of Canterbury, His Death and Miracles (Volume 2) - Abbott, Edwin Abbott, 1838-1926

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