A Vindication of Ecclesiastical Establishments by John InglisA Vindication of Ecclesiastical Establishments by John Inglis

A Vindication of Ecclesiastical Establishments

byJohn Inglis

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1834. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. ON THE UTILITY OF ECCLESIASTICAL ESTABLISHMENTS. This department of the general question is essentially connected with the whole argument by which it has been maintained that we have Divine authority for ecclesiastical establishments. It would be unnatural to believe that what is not calculated to be useful to men is either required or sanctioned by God. If, on the other hand, we shall find that the establishments in question have a tendency to promote both the spiritual and the temporal interests of the great family of mankind, it may well have the effect to establish our confidence in the more direct evidence of their being warranted and authorized by our father in Heaven. Nor is it less certain that such evidence for their Divine authority as that which has passed under our review may, with good reason, incline us now to examine what concerns their utility,--though not with a partial eye--yet with such candour, and such patience, as may effectually secure us against any rash and unfair conclusion. Let us, therefore, in this chapter, consider, in the first place, the evidence by which the utility of ecclesiastical establishments is supported,--and, in the second place, the objections to their utility which have been either most commonly or most strongly urged, by our opponents in the argument. SECTION I. ON THE EVIDENCE FOR THE UTILITY OF ECCLESIASTICAL ESTABLISHMENTS. Experience is our safest guide in judging how far we may rely on the utility of any institution; and, in the present case, it will materially assist us. When we look back on the history of the church, we find that, after miraculous agency was no longer employed in its behalf, the aid which it derived from the civil powers appears to have contributed essentially towards the pr...
Title:A Vindication of Ecclesiastical EstablishmentsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:54 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217958222

ISBN - 13:9780217958226