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CHAPTER VIII.: THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION WILL REMAIN TRUE AND UNWAVERING UNTO THE END. - 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.
THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION WILL REMAIN TRUE AND UNWAVERING UNTO THE END.
As all religion must proceed either from natural reason, from supernatural light, or from the union of the two, we should be bound, if there existed any religions or superstitions besides these that we have enumerated, to refute them with the same arguments that we have already used. For all religions founded by men, enlightened merely by natural light, are based, as is the religion of the ancient philosophers, on the true principles of human reason. We have already shown that such a religion will not suffice for salvation. Such religions may be founded on false principles of reason. This may occur in one of two ways. They may be, as is the superstition of astrology, grounded on false principles concerning natural things; or, like idolatry, on false principles emanating from Satan. Further, no religion can exist proceeding from supernatural light which is not established on the Old and the New Testament together. A false religion may, like the Jewish, be based on the Old Testament alone; or, like heretical sects, on misinterpretation of the New Testament; or, like Mahometanism, it may rest on a medley of the Old and the New Testaments. But Christianity is founded on both the Testaments, and is illuminated both by natural reason and by supernatural light. Since then the religions which we have enumerated,—to wit, philosophy, astrology, idolatry, Judaism, heresy, and Mahometanism,—are the chief religions in the world; and since Christianity surpasses them, both in reasonableness, in miracles, and in all other ways, as immeasurably as Heaven dominates earth, or light darkness; it is plain, that Christianity must be the true religion, and the sure harbour of slavation.
But to forestall cavilling, we will add that, even should some one proclaim the advent into the world of a religion superior to the Christian Faith, this would in no wise dim the glory of Christianity. Firstly, because, as, at present, no better religion than that of Christ exists, we ought to follow it until a better appear. Secondly, because it is unreasonable to think, that a religion, superior to Christianity, can exist. For, as the Faith of Christ sets before us the best possible end, the surest possible means of attaining thereto, the most perfect life, and the greatest and most wonderful deeds, it can never be superseded by any other system.
But, supposing, for the sake of argument, that a religion, superior to Christianity, should arise, it would not condemn our Faith. For, since Christianity, as we have shown, proceeds from supernatural light; and since it is, in no wise, opposed to that which is natural, it can have come from none but God. Thus, it can be condemned by no other religion. Any better religion than Christianity must approve and commend the Christian Faith; because any such religion would, necessarily, arise either from natural or supernatural light. From whichsoever of these sources it might spring, such a religion would, necessarily, approve and commend Christianity. For truth must be ever in harmony with truth; and whatsoever arises from natural or supernatural light, must proceed from God the Creator of this dual light, which, by its beams, enlightens the world with His truth. Were natural and supernatural light opposed to each other, one would necessarily be false; and God would teach men at one time falsehood, and at another time truth. This hypothesis is manifestly absurd. For, were God thus to confuse our understanding, we should be incapable of knowing the truth. To produce such a condition in His creatures is foreign to the Divine Nature. Therefore, if any other true religion were to arise in the world, it would be, of necessity, bound to approve Christianity, and to commend it as the truth which leads to eternal life.