American Advocate of Peace Volume 1, No. 1

American Advocate of Peace Volume 1, No. 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ...that it was to him a matter of perfect indiiference, whether Jairus became his disciple or continued a Jew '! But there is another consideration still more Qriking. The centurion was a Roman soldier. The wars of the Romans, from the foundation of the city to the time of our Saviour, a period of nearly eight hundred years, had been, with scarcely any exception, wars of the most selfish and sanguinary ambition: an almost uninterrupted series of robberies and murders on a gigantic scale. Now, those who rely on the case of the centurion, certainly do not mean to justify, or even excuse the Roman wars, which were for the most part of unmingled ferocity, ambition and injustice. Do they mean then to argue that Jesus Christ could have approved the profession of a man, who had dedicated his life to the promotion of such wars! Would they represent the pure, meek and merciful. Saviour, as doing what they would shudder themselves to do'! Whatever might be thought of the wars in Italy, against the Cimbri and Gauls, against Hannibal and Pyrrhus, certainly there can be but one opinion as to the deeply criminal character of the wars carried on out of Italy. Yet these were the wars, which stamped the character of the Roman army, and of the profession of arms in our Saviour's time. Whatever an infidel might dare to say, no Christian certainly would venture even to suggest, that Jesus could have approved such wars and such a professi0n."--p. 141, 142. The other note respects the passage in Luke xxii. 36, where Christ directs his disciples to procure swords. The argument drawn by some is: " Why give this direction, if it was wrong to use them?" Dymond, and 'some others, in reply, take the passage in a figurative and...show more

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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236769562
  • 9781236769565