Apostolical Succession; A Correspondence Between the REV. Joseph Hammond, LL.B., Vicar of St. Austell, and the REV. William Boulter, Congregational Minister with the Leading Articles of the Nonconformist and Independent and the Church in

Apostolical Succession; A Correspondence Between the REV. Joseph Hammond, LL.B., Vicar of St. Austell, and the REV. William Boulter, Congregational Minister with the Leading Articles of the Nonconformist and Independent and the Church in

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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. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...But, despite his longings for unity, in which we fully share, and his endeavours to strip his theory of its most offensive elements, which are hardly successful, we feel that we have not approached one another even by a solitary step. What is more, we cannot see that there is the faintest hope that we shall do so. Our views appear to be so irreconcilable as not even to admit the possibility of compromise. As an illustration of this, we may take the reference in Mr. Hammond's letter to the ordination of Mr. Horton. " I am under the impression," he says, " that your columns have recently witnessed to the appointment of a Congregational minister, Mr. Horton, without any laying on of hands." In his view the omission of this ceremony is clearly a point of grave significance. He has heard of some Wesleyan ministers " who have been sent by ' laying on of hands' by men who had never received laying on of hands, while others of them have never been ' sent' at all." Possibly we shall make him feel that the breach is even wider than he has supposed, when we say that in our view and that of numbers of Nonconformists besides, this question as to the " laying on of hands," belongs to the " infinitely little." Mr. Horton is far from being the first Congregational minister in whose ordination this piece of symbolism has been conspicuous by its absence. Indeed, the practice has, so far as we know, been gradually falling into disuse; some of the leading Nonconformist ministers refusing to countenance, by their personal participation in it, a ceremony which, if not superstitious itself, is so calculated to minister to the superstition of the less intelligent. Mr. Hammond's reference will probably serve to strengthen the hands of those who take this view, since some...show more

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  • English
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  • 9781236675668