The Balance; Or, Episcopacy Defended in a Calm Investigation of the Problem, Is Dissent Good or Evil? [Followed By] Discourses

The Balance; Or, Episcopacy Defended in a Calm Investigation of the Problem, Is Dissent Good or Evil? [Followed By] Discourses

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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. 1863 edition. Excerpt: ...The pen will try to aim kindly at both. Suppose that the reader would try, by a mental effort, to place himself among the pious compilers of the service. But he must be there without his prepossessions, with a mind free of more than three hundred years weeds, and straw, and chaff; grasping the piety and devotion of pious prelates forming a service to bury God's people with, whom they knew were fellow-heirs with themselves of eternal life. Could any compose a finer, a more compact, and a more complete one than the Episcopalian service? It may be presumed that every tongue falters; and fails to utter the negative. Suppose now, in Convocation, that the pious prelates were arguing with one another on the point of having only one service for all occasions, to suppress prolixity, to avoid diversity, and to aim at uniformity. Now, one among them would say with profound respect--" My Lords, with due deference to the superior judgment of the fraternity, I can foresee an objection, that some future cavillers will raise to this form of. service. They will demur to read over the grave of an ungodly person, the phrase, I commit Ms body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust, in sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ: the departed having, perhaps, lived an impious life." Well, another would rise, and say--" My Lords, with deference to my right reverend brother's judgment, I can see no objection to the expression; for your lordships will please to notice particularly, that the clergy will not be saying that they do this in sure and certain hope of that very body being raised into eternal life, for the article the, and not the pronoun Ms, is used before the word resurrection....show more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236496523
  • 9781236496522