Catholicity, Protestantism and Infidelity; An Appeal to Candid Americans

Catholicity, Protestantism and Infidelity; An Appeal to Candid Americans

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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. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...you that during so long a period of wilful corruption, she did not change, remodel, mutilate, or at least interpolate the Scripture? You do not accuse the Church of having falsified the Bible; your silence is an implicit admission, that she has seen nothing in it that contradicts her claims; and such is the real state of the case. Once more I affirm that without the Catholic Church you cannot know that the Bible is an inspired book. If Luther and the early Reformers had claimed that they had received the Bible from the hands of an angel, as Mahomet claimed for the Koran, Protestantism would have some show of consistency: as it is, Protestantism contradicts itself, and must either acknowledge the infallibility of the Catholic Church, or give up the inspiration of the Bible But admitting for the sake of argument, that you could know from other sources that the Bible is the inspired word of God, still you cannot assume it as a Rule of Faith. A Rule of Faith ought to be clear, complete from the beginning of its existence, universal, accessible to every one, and capable of settling all disputes relating to faith.. A Rule of Faith must be clear to every body, for aa the faith is intended for all men, the Rule of Faith must be adapted to the comprehension of all, easily and perfectly intelligible to the meanest capacity, because faith in incompatible with religious doubt. Is the Bible easily intelligible, clear to every one? Evidently not. To pretend that it is enough to read it to be fully instructed in every thing necessary for salvation, is as extravagant as to maintain that to be a man of learning it is enough to buy a scientific work and read it, without preparatory training or guidance. St. Peter says, speaking of the Epistles of St. Paul, that in...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123658175X
  • 9781236581754