The Church of England and Erastianism Since the Reformation

The Church of England and Erastianism Since the Reformation

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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. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...of holy intrepidity and firmness to an arbitrary and powerful sovereign, it will appear how grave an usurpation upon the rights and functions of the Christian Church was, in their view, committed by the presumption of Oonstantius in making himself a judge in spiritual causes. With regard to the conduct of the same emperor, in depriving orthodox bishops, and establishing in their places bishops who supported the Arian heresy, the light in which this act of imperial power was regarded in the Church at that time, may be perceived from the following remonstrance, addressed by the famous Hilary, bishop of Tours, to the persons who had thus gained their elevation to episcopal seats: "O ye bishops, I pray you what were the suffrages which the apostles made use of? Did they receive their dignity from the palace?" Constantine the Great himself re Appendix B. nounced any claim to appoint bishops. Writing back to the bishops who were assembled at Antioch for the appointment of a bishop, he leaves the choice freely to them, and desires them that "the election should be made according to the rule of the Church and the apostolic tradition." And the emperor Valeutinian, about the year of our Lord 347, upon the death of Auxentius, bishop of Milan, called the bishops together, and desired them to choose such a bishop for that see, as might, both by his life and doctrine, instruct those whom he was to govern; and "that he might see such a person set up, to whom he that held the empire might cheerfully submit himself." Similar was the view entertained by one of the most illustrious of the earlier Christian emperors, Theodosius the Great, who reigned shortly after Valentinian. Another vacancy having occurred during this emperor's more

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  • English
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  • 123655809X
  • 9781236558091