General History Of The Christian Religion And Church (volume 2)

Paperback | February 7, 2012

byAlexander James William Morrison

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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.1851 Excerpt: ... II. Mani and the Manicheans. Christianity had come forth victorious out of its conflicts with that reaction of the fundamental principle of the old world which we have contemplated in the Gnostic sects. Christian Theism had vanquished Oriental Dualism. Gnosticism had accomplished its destined work. It had aroused men's minds to a thoughtful appropriation and digestion of Christian truth, established a clearer conviction of the peculiar essence of Christianity and the subject-matter of its principal doctrines. After Gnosticism had thus deeply influenced the progressive movement of Christian doctrine and theology, it retired into the background; it survived only in its more remote consequences; but it was not till a later period that these received their greater significancy as reactions against that Jewish-Christian element, when it became still further developed. When, however, the period of Gnosticism had already passed, a new attempt was made, towards the close of the third century, by the Persian Mani or Manes, to blend together Christianity and the religions of ancient Asia. Such attempts were called forth by the intrinsic relation of Christianity to those ancient religions. For the facts of which the gospel witnesses--redemption, the union of God with humanity--answer to a fundamental want of man's religious nature, which powerfully revealed itself in those old religions, and in fantastic caprice anticipated that which, in the fulness of the times, was destined to be given in the form of historical reality. A superficial judgment, or one still entangled in the prejudices of the old world, might therefore, in comparing Christianity with its ancient religions, lead us to imagine that we found in them the same divine element, only in a more multiform shap...

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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.1851 Excerpt: ... II. Mani and the Manicheans. Christianity had come forth victorious out of its conflicts with that reaction of the fundamental p...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:210 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.44 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217837441

ISBN - 13:9780217837446

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