National Church Establishments Examined; A Course Of Lectures: a course of lectures

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byRalph Wardlaw

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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. 1839. Excerpt: ... LECTURE VIII. EVILS OF ESTABLISHMENTS CONTINUED. CONFOUNDING OF CIVIL AND ECCLESIASTICAL POWERS, OFFENCES, AND PENALTIES. DESTRUCTION OF THE CHURCH'S INDEPENDENCE AS TO CREEDNOMINATION OF MINISTERS POWER OF JUDICATORIES. PERSECUTION.--SOURCES OF MUTUAL JEALOUSIES AND ALIENATIONS AMONG FELLOW-CHRISTIANS. PROSPECTS. CONCLUSION. There are two maxims mentioned by the ecclesiastical historian Mosheim, as having been early introduced into the christian church, although the one earlier than the other. The first was--" that it was an act of virtue to deceive and lie, when by that means the interests of the church might be promoted;"--and the second--" that errors in religion, when maintained and adhered to after proper admonition, were punishable with civil pains and corporal tortures." The former of these maxims, which are justly designated by the historian "equally horrible," he represents, in the beginning of the fourth century, as having been "of long standing," and as having "more or less tainted with its infection the greatest men and most eminent saints" of that as of preceding ages, and at the same time, as having, by the "ridiculous fables, fictitious prodigies, and pious frauds," which it had produced, done, not service, but "unspeakable detriment to the glorious cause in which they were employed." To what an incredible extent of practical application this essential principle in the moral code of Jesuitism was carried in later ages of the church's history, is sufficiently notorious. It may not be unworthy of consideration, how far the institution of national religion, by legally requiring, on the part of the "governing body" in the country, the political profession of a faith which is not bond fide held, or personally influential, and conformity to a wo...

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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. 1839. Excerpt: ... LECTURE VIII. EVILS OF ESTABLISHMENTS CONTINUED. CONFOUNDING OF CIVIL AND ECCLESIASTICAL POWERS, OFFENCES, AND PENALTIES. DEST...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:98 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217516661

ISBN - 13:9780217516662

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