Remarks On The Rise, Use, And Unlawfulness Of Creeds; And Confessions Of Faith In The Church Of God…

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byJohn Mason Duncan

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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. 1825. Excerpt: ... and if there be any value in such kind of testimony in relation to a Bible question, then that testimony is all in favour of the doctrine advo ' cated in these pages. Section 6. There is another class of historical facts, ber longing to the early ages of christianity, which our subject requires us to state, and to which we now invite the reader's attention. It was not the want of an authoritative Creed, which opened the door for heretics to enter; neither have such Creeds ever kept heresy out of the church. In defiance of the Nicene Creed, Arians would be Arians still; and with that very Creed in his hand, Arius himself, unconvinced, unchanged, and in every thing, it would seem, too subtle for the orthodox, having regained his privileges, carried on his own intrigues. It is altogether a mistake to suppose, that these ecclesiastical documents, are unsuspected, and untreacherous guardians of the truth. They never protected truth, nor promoted unity; they never gave health to the church's soul, nor grace 'and beauty to the church's form; they never hushed contention, nor reconciled conflicting opinions, since they were first introduced. They do none ef these things now; but, as of old, they do at this day tarnish the beauty, distract the peace, and cripple the efforts, of the church of God. They did then, and ttay do now, set brothers at variance, and teach them to divide their inheritance on unfair principles, and in the midst of strife and discord. And these things they will always do, while they are permitted to regulate ecclesiastical matters, and divide the church into voluntary associations. Philosophical, or scholastic theology, as it is called, furnishes a very large proportion of those materials, from which the ecclesiastical historian must make up ...

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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. 1825. Excerpt: ... and if there be any value in such kind of testimony in relation to a Bible question, then that testimony is all in favour of t...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:68 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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