|Frederic William Farrar|
7 August 1831|
|Died||22 March 1903
Canterbury, Kent, England
|Alma mater||King's College London, Trinity College, Cambridge|
|Genre||Theology, children's literature|
Farrar was born in Bombay, India, and educated at King William's College on the Isle of Man, King's College London and Trinity College, Cambridge. At Cambridge he won the Chancellor's Gold Medal for poetry in 1852. He was for some years a master at Harrow School and, from 1871 to 1876, the headmaster of Marlborough College.
Farrar became successively a canon of Westminster and rector of St Margaret's, Westminster (the church near Big Ben), archdeacon of Westminster Abbey and the Dean of Canterbury; he also served as chaplain in ordinary. He was an eloquent preacher and a voluminous author, his writings including stories of school life, such as Eric, or, Little by Little and St. Winifred's about life in a boys' boarding school in late Victorian England, and two historical romances.
Farrar's religious writings included Life of Christ (1874), which had great popularity, and Life of St. Paul (1879). His works were translated into many languages, especially Life of Christ.
Farrar was a believer in universal reconciliation and thought that all people would eventually be saved, a view he promoted in a series of 1877 sermons. He originated the term "abominable fancy" for the longstanding Christian idea that the eternal punishment of the damned would entertain the saved. Farrar published Eternal Hope in 1878 and Mercy and Judgment in 1881, both of which defend Christian universalism at length.
Farrar has a street named after him – Dean Farrar Street in Westminster, London.
- Life of Christ (1874),
- Eternal Hope (1878)
- Life and Works of St. Paul (1879),
- History of Interpretation (1886)
- Lives of the Fathers Volume 1 (1889)
- Lives of the Fathers Volume 2 (1889)
- Darkness and Dawn (1891)
- The Voice from Sinai (1892)
- Julian Home (Est 1870–1890)
- Gathering Clouds: A Tale of the Days of St. Chrysostom
- "Farrar, Frederick William (FRR849FW)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- University of Cambridge (1859). A Complete Collection of the English Poems which Have Obtained the Chancellor's Gold Medal in the University of Cambridge (PDF). Cambridge: W. Metcalfe. Retrieved 1 October 2008.
- A Famous Churchman, in the Red River Prospector, published 2 May 1901; retrieved 17 May 2014
- The Eternal Fate of Unbelievers, Part II, "The Witness of Church History (2): The Modern Period", excerpted and adapted from Hell on Trial: The Case for Eternal Punishment by Robert A. Peterson (Phillipsburg, N.J.: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing), 1995, Extract by Garry J. Moes.
- The Decline of Hell: Seventeenth-Century Discussions of Eternal Torment. Walker DP. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1964
- F. W. Farrar. Mercy and Judgment. 1881.
- "Apocatastasis". New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, Vol. I.
- Bayne, Ronald (1912). "Farrar, Frederic William". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography, 1912 supplement. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Cousin, John William (1910). "Farrar, Frederic William". A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London: J. M. Dent & Sons. Wikisource
- Norman Vance. "Farrar, Frederic William (1831–1903)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/33088. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
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