Dean of Canterbury
The Very Reverend Henry Wace (10 December 1836 – 9 January 1924) was Principal of King's College London (1883–1897) and Dean of Canterbury (1903–1924). He is described in the Dictionary of National Biography as "an effective administrator, a Protestant churchman of deep scholarship, and a stout champion of the Reformation settlement".
Wace was educated at Marlborough College, Rugby School, King's College London, and Brasenose College, Oxford (BA Literae Humaniores and Mathematics, Honorary Fellow, 1911). He took Holy Orders and served curacies at St Luke's, Berwick Street (1861-63), St. James, Piccadilly (1863-69), and Grosvenor Chapel (1870-72). He moved to Lincoln's Inn, where he served first as Chaplain (1872-80) and later as Preacher (1880-96).
In 1875 he became Professor of Ecclesiastical History at King's College London, of which he served as Principal 1883-97. He was Rector of St. Michael's, Cornhill 1896-1903 and Dean of Canterbury from 1903 until his death in 1924. He is buried in the courtyard of the great cloister of the cathedral.
He wrote, contributed to, and edited, many publications in Christian and Ecclesiastical history. His best known work, of widest application, is the Dictionary of Christian Biography and Literature to the End of the Sixth Century A.D., with an Account of the Principal Sects and Heresies, written in collaboration with William Smith.
He was Select Preacher at Oxford in 1880-81 and 1907 and at Cambridge in 1876, 1891, 1903, and 1910. He was appointed Prebendary of St. Paul's Cathedral in 1881. In 1922 he played an important role in the foundation of the Bible Churchmen's Missionary Society and was its Vice-President from 1923 until his death on January 9, 1924, following a road traffic accident.
Works by Henry Wace
This reference book is a valuable resource for teachers, students, pastors, and anyone interested in early Christian history. A heralded religious academic, Henry Wace attended King's College London and Oxford and served in many churches in his time, even becoming the Dean of Canterbury in 1903. His dictionary is a comprehensive compilation of over 800 important Christian characters, challengers, and literature. It features a complete overview of the major players of Christianity from its beginnings to the sixth century. The book also includes a profile of each of the major heresies and sects of Christianity though the ages and an analysis of the creeds and literature of the early church. Concise yet detailed, this dictionary is a natural choice for any book collection in need of a reliable review of Christian history.
"I, Martin Luther, Doctor, of the Order of Monks at Wittemberg, desire to testify publicly that certain propositions against pontifical indulgences, as they call them, have been put forth by me." This volume is a collection of several works by the father of the Reformation, Martin Luther, edited by Henry Wace. First is a series of introductory essays by Wace and others, and a synopsis of the theology of the Reformation in his famous 95 Theses. These Theses are, per the title, included in this work. The other three primary works in this publication are: "To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation Respecting the Reformation of the Christian Estate," "Concerning Christian Liberty," and "On the Babylonish Captivity of the Church." All three are a collection of writings and letters Luther authored on each religious issue. All three pieces, as well as the Theses, are valuable works of literature written by one of the most important Christian figures ever, and should be studied and treasured.
With over twenty volumes, the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers is a momentous achievement. Originally gathered by Philip Schaff, the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers is a collection of writings by classical and medieval Christian theologians. The purpose of such a collection is to make their writings readily available. The entire work is divided into two series, each with fourteen volumes. The second series focuses on a variety of important Church Fathers, ranging from the fourth century to the eighth century. This volume contains selected works of St. Basil the Great. St. Basil is well-known for his care for the poor and his important impact upon the communal practices of the monastic life. The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers are comprehensive in scope, and provide keen translations of instructive and illuminating texts from some of the great theologians of the Christian church. These spiritually enlightening texts have aided Christians for over a thousand years, and remain instructive and fruitful even today!
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