Episodes In Clerical And Parish Life; With Other Sketches On Church Subjects Contributory To…

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byWilliam Staunton

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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. 1886. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. A BIBLE CHRISTIAN. ONE of the most numerous of our religious sects is that of the "Abstract," or "Bible Christians." These people do not associate together, like other sects or denominations, in a compact organized form, but are diffused or scattered abroad, preferring to mingle freely with all sorts of Protestant bodies, and even with the Church itself, where they can enjoy both privilege and protection, without contributing much, either as shining lights or zealous toilers, to the advantage of those around them. Mr. Broadsides was one of these Abstracts. He was a man of some note, and of large sympathies in one particular direction,--that of what he called "the inborn freedom of the human soul" He was a diligent reader of religious papers, reviews, and pamphlets; from which he sifted out what pleased him, and called it truth; while all besides he rejected with judicial dignity, and called it dogmatical rubbish. Mr. Broadsides had thus, in the course of years, laid up in his mind a large and very miscellaneous stock of religious ideas, which he had no disposition to systematize, lest they should take the form or semblance of a Creed, and thus put a check on "the inborn freedom of the human soul." And there was also another reason why he preferred a theology of many aspects, and capable of numerous forms and combinations. As he had gathered his notions of Christian doctrine from every quarter, and as every such quarter was (in his view,) more or less respectable, it had occurred to him that the present state of division among Christians was not only needless and inconvenient, but had proved to be also very expensive. He thought, therefore, that the shrewd and far-seeing men of the several denominations could hardly fail to see that miity would...

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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. 1886. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. A BIBLE CHRISTIAN. ONE of the most numerous of our religious sects is that of the "Abstract," or "Bible Christians...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217709982

ISBN - 13:9780217709989

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