The Theosophical Transactions of the Philadelphians (No. 1)

The Theosophical Transactions, or Acta Philadelphica, were a series of five small memoirs published by the Philadelphian Society between March and November 1697. Edited by leaders of the group, Richard Roach and Francis Lee, they were intended to be circulated amongst members to inform them of religious occurrences and newly published works. They were published in London and sold for one shilling. Surviving copies of the Transactions in England are rare; the Bodleian Library in…

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Conference Report: Early Modern Catholics in the British Isles and Europe, 1-3 July 2015

At the start of July I attended the international and interdisciplinary conference ‘Early Modern Catholics in the British Isles and Europe: Integration or Separation?’ at Ushaw College, Durham. The conference was funded by the Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University; Univesity of Notre Dame; University of Bergen; the European Network on the Instruments of Devotion; St Cuthbert’s Society, Ushaw; and the Catholic Record Society. The conference was directed by James Kelly and very well administrated…

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Who were the Philadelphian Society?

The Philadelphian Society emerged into public view in 1697 and declared themselves to be returning to the teachings of the ancient Church from the time of the Apostles. They took their name from the Philadelphian Church described in Revelation 3:7-8, which promised to ‘set before thee an open door’ which ‘no man can shut’. They strongly denied accusations they were a new sect, but rather insisted that they were a society under which those of…

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