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CHAPTER III.: CONTAINING CERTAIN FUNDAMENTAL AND IRREFRAGABLE PRINCIPLES. - Girolamo Savonarola, The Triumph of the Cross 
The Triumph of the Cross, trans. from the Italian, edited, with an Introduction by the Very Rev. Father John Procter, S.T.L. With a frontispiece portrait of the author (London: Sands & Co., 1901).
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- The Truth of Faith Manifested By the Triumph of the Cross.
- Book I.
- Chapter I.: How By Means of Visible Things We Arrive At the Knowledge of Such As Are Invisible.
- Chapter II.: How the Triumph of Christ Testifies to the Truth of Our Faith.
- Chapter III.: Containing Certain Fundamental and Irrefragable Principles.
- Chapter IV.: Answers to the Objections Which May Be Brought Against the Foregoing Propositions.
- Chapter V.: The Mode In Which Our Argument Must Be Conducted.
- Chapter VI.: The Existence of God.
- Chapter VII.: God Is Not a Body, Nor the Form of a Body, Nor Is He a Complex Substance.
- Chapter VIII.: God Is the Perfect and Supreme Good, and Is of Infinite Power; He Is In Every Place; and He Is Immutable and Eternal.
- Chapter IX.: God Is One.
- Chapter X.: God Knows All Things Perfectly, and Acts of His Own Will, and Not From Natural Necessity.
- Chapter XI.: The Providence of God Extends Over All Things.
- Chapter XII.: The End to Which Man Is Guided By Divine Providence.
- Chapter XIII.: Man’s Last End Cannot Be Attained In This Present Life.
- Chapter XIV.: The Soul of Man Is Immortal.
- Book II.
- Method Observed Throughout This Book.
- Chapter I.: Some True Religion Exists In the World.
- Chapter II.: Religion Is Both Interior and Exterior.
- Chapter III.: No Better Life Can Be Found Than the Christian Life.
- Chapter IV.: The End Presented to Us By the Christian Religion Is the Best Which Can Possibly Be Conceived.
- Chapter V.: A Christian Life Is the Best Possible Means For Attaining to Happiness.
- Chapter VI.: The Christian Life Is a Most Sure Means of Attaining to Beatitude.
- Chapter VII.: The Faith of Christ Is True, Because It Causes Men to Lead a Perfect Life.
- Chapter VIII.: The Doctrines Taught By Christianity Are True, and Come From God.
- Chapter IX.: The Truth of the Faith Proved By Arguments Founded On the Prayer and Contemplation of Christians.
- Chapter X.: Proofs of the Truth of the Christian Religion Founded On Its External Forms of Worship.
- Chapter XI.: The Truth of Christianity Evidenced By Its Effects On the Interior Life of Christians.
- Chapter XII.: The Truth of Christianity Manifested By Its Visible Effects On the Lives of Christians.
- Chapter XIII.: The Truth of the Faith Demonstrated By the Wonderful Works of Christ, Especially Those Which Pertain to His Power.
- Chapter XIV.: The Truth of Christianity Shown By Arguments Based On the Wisdom of Christ.
- Chapter XV.: The Truth of Christ’s Teaching Is Proved By His Goodness.
- Chapter XVI.: The Truth of Christianity Is Proved By the Power, Wisdom, and Goodness of Christ, Considered Collectively.
- Book III.
- Method Observed Throughout This Book.
- Chapter I.: God Contains Within Himself, and Can Perform, an Infinite Number of Things Surpassing Human Understanding.
- Chapter II.: An Examination of Certain Articles of the Christian Creed Which Exceed the Limits of Human Understanding.
- Chapter III.: The Mystery of the Trinity Is Neither Unreasonable Nor Incredible.
- Chapter IV.: The Christian Doctrine of Creation Is Neither Incredible Nor Unreasonable.
- Chapter V.: The Christian Teaching Concerning the Sanctification, Glory, and Resurrection of Rational Creatures Contains No Article Which Is Either Impossible, Or Unreasonable.
- Chapter VI.: The Doctrine of the Damnation of the Wicked Is One Befitting Christianity.
- Chapter VII.: The Doctrine of the Incarnation of the Son of God Is, In No Sense, Incredible, Unseemly, Or Unreasonable.
- Chapter VIII.: The Belief In the Virginal Birth of Christ Is Consistent With Reason, and His Life Befitted, In All Respects, His Dignity.
- Chapter IX.: The Christian Doctrine of Original Sin Is Neither Unreasonable Nor Incredible.
- Chapter X.: Our Belief In the Passion of Christ, In the Other Mysteries of His Humanity, and In All the Articles Defined By the Church, Is Strictly Consistent With Reason.
- Chapter XI.: The Christian Religion Most Prudently Establishes the Two Precepts of Charity, As the Foundation of Our Whole Moral Life.
- Chapter XII.: The Excellence of the Moral Teaching of the Church.
- Chapter XIII.: The Perfect Reasonableness of the Christian Constitution and Code of Judicial Law.
- Chapter XIV.: The Sacraments of the Church Have Been Instituted By Christ, and Are Admirably Adapted to the Needs of Mankind.
- Chapter XV.: The Number of the Sacraments Is Reasonable.
- Chapter XVI.: The Rites Used In the Administration of the Sacraments Are Both Reasonable and Seemly.
- Chapter XVII.: Answers to Certain Objections Brought Against the Doctrine of the Blessed Eucharist.
- Chapter XVIII.: The Reasonableness of the Ceremonies of the Church.
- Book IV.
- Introduction. Method Observed Throughout This Book.
- Chapter I.: No Religion Except Christianity Can Be True.
- Chapter II.: The Defective and Erroneous Religions Taught By Heathen Philosophers.
- Chapter III.: The Futility and Superstition of the Traditions of Astrology.
- Chapter IV.: Idolatry Is of All Things the Most Vain.
- Chapter V.: A Refutation of the Jewish Perfidy and Superstition.
- Chapter VI.: The Malicious Untruthfulness of Heretics.
- Chapter VII.: The Utter Irrationality of the Mahometan Religion.
- Chapter VIII.: The Christian Religion Will Remain True and Unwavering Unto the End.
- Chapter IX.: Epilogue.
CONTAINING CERTAIN FUNDAMENTAL AND IRREFRAGABLE PRINCIPLES.
If an argument is to be conducted satisfactorily, the disputants must agree with each other about some point. For, if they disagree on every point, there will be no possibility of discussion. They may, or may not, of course, think alike on matters of minor importance; but they must agree about certain principles, which are so generally accepted that no one denies them. We must, therefore, take up our position on certain acknowledged principles. We cannot argue with one who denies them; for he who refuses to accept first principles is unreasonable. First, then, we are all agreed that Jesus Christ was crucified by the Jews, and was afterwards, throughout almost the entire world, adored as God, as we Christians adore Him. This fact is admitted by Jews, heretics, Mahometans, Greeks, Latins and barbarians; the belief in it has never died, but has been handed down, from generation to generation. Testimony to this conviction is, further, forthcoming in the books written in every language and diffused throughout the world, and in the ruins of Christian churches to be found in every land. These are proof positive that there is not a spot on the face of the earth where Christ has not been worshipped, or is not still adored, or where, at least, there is not some knowledge of Christianity. Hence, even unbelievers speak of Christ as the God of the Christians.
If, therefore, no reasonable being will controvert that which is made manifest by the books and the monuments of every nation; he who should deny that Christ was slain by the Jews, and was afterwards adored as God throughout the world, must be so foolish, that argument with him would be waste of time. And, if it be acknowledged that the adoration of Christ has been universal, the same must be said of the confession of the Blessed Trinity, and of the Eucharist, the veneration of the Cross, of the Virgin Mary, and of the Saints. The same evidence demonstrates, further, that the Apostles, who were at first fishermen, preached the Cross of Christ; that they were preceded by the Jewish people, the Patriarchs and Prophets; and that they were followed by the glorious Martyrs, the venerable Doctors, the spotless Virgins of the Church, and likewise by an untold number of monks and priests, both regular and secular. Finally, we must remember that, although the tyrants and the philosophers of the world have fought against the Church, idolatry, nevertheless, has been destroyed, heresy has been extirpated and even the Roman Emperor has been brought into humble subjection to the fisherman, and that the heretics and their heretical books have been destroyed. These things being so well known as to need no proof, we shall presuppose them, as philosophers are wont to presuppose the truths of science. For they are acknowledged, not only by Christians, but by nearly every people and in almost every country, yea even by Indians and innumerable Mahometans, amongst whom exist certain proofs of our faith, who admit that Christ has reigned amongst them and has worked miracles, and who, although they themselves are in grave error, yet punish severely all who blaspheme the Christian truths. Since, then, these truths are so clearly manifest, they can be gainsaid by none but such as are foolishly obstinate.