Sure footing in christianity, or rational discourses on the rule of faith, with three appendixes relating to Dr. Pierce, Mr. Whitby and Mr. Stillingfleet
By the early 1700s, the division between Catholicism and
Protestantism was accepted as permanent. But both sides still
argued that they were right. Religious tensions in England,
Ireland and Scotland eased, at least a little, in the 1700s but
remained a live issue; books debating and discussing religious
controversy continued to be produced and widely read.
Catholicism was officially illegal, leading to the creation of
institutions in exile, such as the Irish College in Paris, and
its neighbour St Gregory's English College (now demolished). St
Gregory was a House of Writers, where English Catholic scholars
like John Sergeant (1623-1707) took part in a war of words with
their English Protestant counterparts in Oxford and
Crucial to this work was the large and impressive collection of books. Much of that collection eventually moved to the Irish College and many of the books in the Old Library were used by Sergeant and his fellow scholars as they took part in this.