Christ and the Church; Essays Concerning the Church and the Unification of Christendom

Christ and the Church; Essays Concerning the Church and the Unification of Christendom

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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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...SCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY By HENRY MITCHELL Maccracken, Chancellor of the University of the City of New York. VI THE CHURCH AND THE PROBLEMS OF SCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY The church is the body of men and women who enlist to serve God and Jesus Christ. The single fact of enlistment--which word I use as equivalent to promising in public or deliberately engaging with others--constitutes these men and women a visible organism. No rite or ceremony beyond the declaration of service is needed in order that an individual may join the church visible. When David sang to his father and mother, "The Lord is my shepherd," he joined the church. When Ruth said to Naomi, "Thy God shall be my God," she joined the church. When the younger son said to his fellow-swineherds, " I will arise and go to my father," he became part of that organization, and no baptism, or communion, or vote of session, or confirmation by bishop, could do any more than impress the fact on his own attention and that of others. This body, the church, has a single end: to present itself, in each of its constituent members, perfect before God and before one another, "without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing." The object at which the church aims is to save. Salvation is likeness to God; godliness is godlikeness. To be like God is achieved by choosing to be like God. Salvation demands, therefore, as the first question, What are we to believe concerning God? Learning God is the earliest necessity of the soul; it is also the latest necessity in order to salvation. The church is a school of men and women learning God because, intending to become like God, they fix their minds on this; they begin also to love God as much as they know how. They love more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236926315
  • 9781236926319