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FISHER, George Park, theologian, born in Wrentham, Massachusetts, 10 August 1827. He was graduated at Brown in 1847, and studied theology in the Divinity School of Yale, and in that at Andover, Massachusetts. In 1852 he visited Germany, where he continued his theological studies. On his return from Europe he was appointed professor of divinity in Yale, and ordained pastor of the College Church, 24 October 1854. He filled this office till 1861, when he was elected professor of ecclesiastical history in Yale Divinity School. Harvard gave him the degree of D. D. in 1886. He has been a frequent contributor to the " New Englander," and became one of its editors in 1866. He has also published numerous articles in reviews in this country and Great Britain. In 1865 he issued a volume entitled " Essays on the Supernatural Origin of Christianity, with special reference to the Theories of Renan, Strauss, and the Tubingen School" (enlarged ed., 1871). He published a " Life of Benjamin Silliman" in 1866; "The History of the Church in Yale College"; and "Discourses on the Lives of Drs. N. W. Taylor and J. W. Gibbs." He delivered, in 1871, a course of lectures at the Lowell institute, Boston, on the Reformation, and from these resulted a volume on the "History of the Reformation" (1873). In 1877 he delivered twelve rob. II, 30 Lowell lectures on the "Rise of Christianity, and its Historical Environment." His later works are "The beginnings of Christianity, with a View of the State of the Roman World at the Birth of Christ" (1877); "Faith and Rationalism" (1879); "Discussions in History and Theology" (1880); "The Christian Religion" (1882); "The Grounds of Theistic and Christian Belief" (1883); and "Outlines of Universal History" (1885).
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