Popery In Alliance With Heathenism; Letters Proving That Where The Bible Is Wholly Unknown, As In…

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byJohn Poynder

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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. 1835. Excerpt: ... LETTERS, &c. LETTER I. On the use of Incense, and Holy Water. The Use Of Incense.--This is a custom which has descended in a straight line from Heathenism, as is evident from Homer, Virgil, Theocritus, and Ovid. The first Christian martyrs opposed the use of Incense with such fortitude, that the mode of trying and convicting them under the heathen emperors, was merely to require them to throw a grain of it into the censer, or on the altar, which they as invariably refused, and for which refusal they forfeited their lives. (See Act. Martyr. Nicandri apud Mabill. Iter. Ital. vol. i. p. 247; Durant. de Ritibus, 1.1. c. 9; Jerome's Works, vol. iv. Epist. ad Heliod.) and under the Christian Emperors, the rite was considered by the early Christians as so peculiarly heathenish, that the very places or houses where incense could be proved to have been offered were by a law of Theodosius confiscated to the Government. (See Gothorf de Stat. Paganor. sub Christian. Imper. leg. 12, p. 15.) In all the old sculptures of heathen sacrifice, may be seen a boy in a sacred habit attending the priest, with a small box of incense for the altar. (See Montfaucon Antiq. vol. ii. plate 23.) Thus in the church of Rome, a boy attends the priest, with the sacred utensils, especially the incense vessel, of which the priest makes abundant use through the service, by waving it round, and over, the altar: and thus at this moment in China, the use of Incense is a part of their idolatry. "In this temple," (says one of the suite in the late Embassy to China,) "I found a print of the head of our ' Saviour, and incense vessels placed before it. The priest "showed me a book containing the service which he said "they read when they worshipped this picture." And again, "I am now writing to you ...

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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. 1835. Excerpt: ... LETTERS, &c. LETTER I. On the use of Incense, and Holy Water. The Use Of Incense.--This is a custom which has descended in a s...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:36 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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