Essentials And Non-essentials In Religion; Six Lectures Delivered In The Music Hall, Boston

Paperback | February 3, 2012

byJames Freeman Clarke

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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. 1877. Excerpt: ... ESSENTIALS NON-ESSENTIALS IN RELIGION. THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN FAITH T PROPOSE to speak of essentials and nonessentials in religion. My purpose is, not to defend a creed or a sect, but to point out that common ground of essential religion on which all good men can stand side by side. For it is mostly about non-essentials that men differ: on what is most vital or important, they usually agree. If, therefore, I can show the essential unity of faith, or life, which underlies all seeming opposition and contradiction of sects or creeds, I shall do a more important work than by making the most triumphant argument in favor of my own opinions, or against those of other sects or parties. AND BELIEF. I therefore intend to show what are the essentials and what the non-essentials in the faith of the Christian church concerning God, Christ, the Bible, the Church, Christian experience, and the Future Life. I know that, to many, all such attempts seem hazardous. Religion is so important a matter that they cannot believe any thing belonging to it to be unessential. The Holy Spirit sanctifies to their minds every sacrament of their church, every word of their liturgy, every part of their creed, every sentence in their Bible. It seems to them sacrilege to say or to hint that any of these great helps to religion are not essential to it. If not the very citadel, they are at least outworks to be defended to the last, as a necessary protection to the citadel. The inevitable result of this is division and strife in the church. To each sect and party its own special forms of faith and worship seem not only useful, but vital: it is dangerous to permit any other. The Episcopalian thinks that without bishops there is no church; the Presbyterian clings to every chapter and section o...

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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. 1877. Excerpt: ... ESSENTIALS NON-ESSENTIALS IN RELIGION. THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN FAITH T PROPOSE to speak of essentials and nonessentials in rel...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:30 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217715621

ISBN - 13:9780217715621

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