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: Against Praxeas
Chapter I.--Satan's Wiles Against the Truth How They Take the Form of the Praxean Heresy. Account of the Publication of This Heresy.
Chapter II.--The Catholic Doctrine of the Trinity and Unity, Sometimes Called the Divine Economy, or Dispensation of the Personal Relations of the Godhead.
Chapter III.--Sundry Popular Fears and Prejudices The Doctrine of the Trinity in Unity Rescued from These Misapprehensions.
Chapter IV.--The Unity of the Godhead and the Supremacy and Sole Government of the Divine Being The Monarchy Not at All Impaired by the Catholic Doctrine.
Chapter V.--The Evolution of the Son or Word of God from the Father by a Divine Procession Illustrated by the Operation of the Human Thought and Consciousness.
Chapter VI.--The Word of God is Also the Wisdom of God The Going Forth of Wisdom to Create the Universe, According to the Divine Plan.
Chapter VII.--The Son by Being Designated Word and Wisdom, (According to the Imperfection of Human Thought and Language) Liable to Be Deemed a Mere Attribute. He is Shown to Be a Personal Being.
Chapter VIII.--Though the Son or Word of God Emanates from the Father, He is Not, Like the Emanations of Valentinus, Separable from the Father. Nor is the Holy Ghost Separable from Either. Illustrations from Nature.
Chapter IX.--The Catholic Rule of Faith Expounded in Some of Its Points Especially in the Unconfused Distinction of the Several Persons of the Blessed Trinity.
Chapter X.--The Very Names of Father and Son Prove the Personal Distinction of the Two They Cannot Possibly Be Identical, Nor is Their Identity Necessary to Preserve the Divine Monarchy.
Chapter XI.--The Identity of the Father and the Son, as Praxeas Held It, Shown to Be Full of Perplexity and Absurdity. Many Scriptures Quoted in Proof of the Distinction of the Divine Persons of the Trinity.
Chapter XII.--Other Quotations from Holy Scripture Adduced in Proof of the Plurality of Persons in the Godhead.
Chapter XIII.--The Force of Sundry Passages of Scripture Illustrated in Relation to the Plurality of Persons and Unity of Substance. There is No Polytheism Here, Since the Unity is Insisted on as a Remedy Against Polytheism.
Chapter XIV.--The Natural Invisibility of the Father, and the Visibility of the Son Witnessed in Many Passages of the Old Testament. Arguments of Their Distinctness, Thus Supplied.
Chapter XV.--New Testament Passages Quoted They Attest the Same Truth of the Son's Visibility Contrasted with the Father's Invisibility.
Chapter XVI.--Early Manifestations of the Son of God, as Recorded in the Old Testament; Rehearsals of His Subsequent Incarnation.
Chapter XVII.--Sundry August Titles, Descriptive of Deity, Applied to the Son, Not, as Praxeas Would Have It, Only to the Father.
Chapter XVIII.--The Designation of the One God in the Prophetic Scriptures Intended as a Protest Against Heathen Idolatry, It Does Not Preclude the Correlative Idea of the Son of God. The Son is in the Father.
Chapter XIX.--The Son in Union with the Father in the Creation of All Things This Union of the Two in Co-Operation is Not Opposed to the True Unity of God. It is Opposed Only to Praxeas' Identification Theory.
Chapter XX.--The Scriptures Relied on by Praxeas to Support His Heresy But Few. They are Mentioned by Tertullian.
Chapter XXI.--In This and the Four Following Chapters It is Shewn, by a Minute Analysis of St. John's Gospel, that the Father and Son are Constantly Spoken of as Distinct Persons.
Chapter XXII.--Sundry Passages of St. John Quoted, to Show the Distinction Between the Father and the Son. Even Praxeas' Classic Text--I and My Father are One--Shown to Be Against Him.
Chapter XXIII.--More Passages from the Same Gospel in Proof of the Same Portion of the Catholic Faith Praxeas' Taunt of Worshipping Two Gods Repudiated.
Chapter XXIV.--On St. Philip's Conversation with Christ He that Hath Seen Me, Hath Seen the Father. This Text Explained in an Anti-Praxean Sense.
Chapter XXV.--The Paraclete, or Holy Ghost He is Distinct from the Father and the Son as to Their Personal Existence. One and Inseparable from Them as to Their Divine Nature. Other Quotations Out of St. John's Gospel.
Chapter XXVI.--A Brief Reference to the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke Their Agreement with St. John, in Respect to the Distinct Personality of the Father and the Son.
Chapter XXVII.--The Distinction of the Father and the Son, Thus Established, He Now Proves the Distinction of the Two Natures, Which Were, Without Confusion, United in the Person of the Son. The Subterfuges of Praxeas Thus Exposed.
Chapter XXVIII.--Christ Not the Father, as Praxeas Said The Inconsistency of This Opinion, No Less Than Its Absurdity, Exposed. The True Doctrine of Jesus Christ According to St. Paul, Who Agrees with Other Sacred Writers.
Chapter XXIX.--It Was Christ that Died The Father is Incapable of Suffering Either Solely or with Another. Blasphemous Conclusions Spring from Praxeas' Premises.
Chapter XXX.--How the Son Was Forsaken by the Father Upon the Cross The True Meaning Thereof Fatal to Praxeas. So Too, the Resurrection of Christ, His Ascension, Session at the Father's Right Hand, and Mission of the Holy Ghost.
Chapter XXXI.--Retrograde Character of the Heresy of Praxeas The Doctrine of the Blessed Trinity Constitutes the Great Difference Between Judaism and Christianity.
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