The fellowship of the mystery

Paperback | February 2, 2012

byJohn Neville Figgis

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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. 1914. Excerpt: ... VI THE COMMUNAL BOND, OR AUTHORITY AND ITS LIMITS "Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." (St. Matt, xxviii. 20.) Probably there is no part of the life of the Church that is more generally distrusted to-day than its claim to authority. The very idea of discipline in regard to spiritual things is scouted; and the notion of any social control of opinion is treated as midsummer madness. Speaking of his dislike of clergymen, a learned legal friend of mine once said to me: "I suppose it is because they represent the principle of authority." It would be curious to know what lawyers represent, if it be not the same principle in a more rigid form; and ultimately law implies, not merely the power, but the conscience, of the nation reaching its personal reality. Yet this notion is widespread; indeed, with that universal desire for a new and more vivid life of which I spoke earlier, it tends to increase. I have been told of a society to which full membership is impossible except to those who agree to repudiate every kind of authority, alike in morals and religion. Such a pledge shows a curious lack of humour, for in itself it is an authority; still, such a phenomenon is significant. Tendencies very similar are displayed by many who would be shocked if they were to be called anything but good Christians. On the one hand, that subjectivism of which we spoke earlier tends to make men distrustful of rules. Caprice is made the arbiter of religious duty in the matter of worship. Even in morals the same is often suggested; and present controversies are evidence of this. In regard to divorce the claim is made, not merely outside but inside the Church, that she is false to the spirit of Christ if she insists on even a modicum of self-restraint. The charge...

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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. 1914. Excerpt: ... VI THE COMMUNAL BOND, OR AUTHORITY AND ITS LIMITS "Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." (St. Matt, xxvii...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:54 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217385273

ISBN - 13:9780217385275

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