Abbot, Robert

Abbot, Robert D.D., Bishop of Salisbury, was born at Guildford, in Surrey, in 1560, took the degrees of M.A. in 1582, and that of D.D. in 1597. He won the good opinion of James I by a work in confutation of Bellarmine and Suarez, in defense of the royal authority, and was soon after made Master of Baliol College, and Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford. As Vice-Chancellor of the University, he favored the Calvinistic theology, and opposed Laud to the utmost. In 1615 he was appointed by his brother (then Archbishop of Canterbury) to the bishopric of Salisbury, which, however, he enjoyed but a short time, and died on the 2d of March, 1617. His works are:

1. Mirror of Popish Subtilties (Lond. 1594, 4to);

2. Antichristi Demonstratio, contra Fabulas Pontificias, etc. (1603, 4to);

3. Defence of the Reformed Catholic of W. Perkins against Dr. W. Bishop (1606, 1609, 4to);

4. The Old Way, a Sermon (1610, 4to);

5. The true Ancient Roman Catholic (1611, 4to);

6. Antilogia (against the Apology of the Jesuit Endemon, for Henry Garnett, 1613, 4to);

7. De Gratia et Perseverantia Sanctorum (1618, 4to);

8. De amissione et intercessione Justification; et Gratioe, (1618, 4to);

9. De Suprema Potestate Regia: (161 9. 4to). He left in MS. a Latin commentary on Romans which is now in the Bodleian Library. — Middleton, Eccl. Biog.

 
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