The Penitential Discipline Of The Primitive Church; Together With Its Declension To Its Present…

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byNathaniel Marshall

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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. 1844. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. OF THE USE WHICH THE CHURCH MADE OF THIS POWER, AND OF THE MANNER WHEREIN SHE EXERTED IT, FOR THE FIRST FOUR HUNDRED YEARS WHEREIN SHE ENJOYED IT. Chap. It hath already been observed, and indeed it is known to ' all who hare in any measure acquainted themselves with the first writers of the Church, how concise and short their accounts of things are, how occasionally mentioned, and how little circumstantial. They had no time nor leisure to write either histories or systems; so that what we gather from them, must be gleaned from accidental hints, and improved by the latter evidence of the times and authors which succeeded. What we learn of the discipline which is our present subject, from the earliest writers, that, in fact there was such a thing in use, must therefore be explained in its manner and circumstances, by the testimony of those who lived nearest to them, and have transmitted to us an account of such practices as obtained in the age which themselves lived in. If St. Clement, for instance, acquaints us, that there was in his time such an usage as expulsion from the Church of Christ; and if Origen or Tertullian give evidence of the manner wherein that discipline was, in their time, exercised, it is fairly to be presumed, that no material change was made in the circumstantials of it, at any time intervening between those several authors. Apostolical usages could not well be altered in so short an interval without some noise or notice, or some reason given for the departure from them. If this presumption be not allowed me, I see not how we shall come at the knowledge of any practice in the ancient Church. The first writers will at most but barely mention it; they will not descend to circumstances, nor minutely acquaint us The Penitential ...

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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. 1844. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. OF THE USE WHICH THE CHURCH MADE OF THIS POWER, AND OF THE MANNER WHEREIN SHE EXERTED IT, FOR THE FIRST FOUR HUNDR...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:104 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217127037

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