The Church of the Restoration Volume 3

The Church of the Restoration Volume 3

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...way, but to Parliament, that the Church of England owed the clauses which required the repudiation of the Covenant, and of the doctrine of non-resistance, clauses which so galled the Puritans, the Act, to a large extent, appears, not so much an ecclesiastical measure as a work executed by a political faction, bent upon crushing opponents, under pretence of their being unpatriotic and disloyal. Of the bad spirit in which Parliament framed and passed this Act there remains not the shadow of a doubt, and it is impossible that any one acquainted with the circumstance, however he may admire the Church so re-established at the Restoration, can think of the mode of its re-establishment without shame and sorrow. It is very remarkable that the Act omitted to provide for uniformity in certain important particulars; and it has failed to produce the uniformity intended in others. Nothing was done in relation to psalmody; forms of prayer and praise in prose were rigidly set down, but forms of prayer and praise in verse were left to be composed or adopted at the pleasure of anyone, subject only to the doubtful authority of the Bishop or Ordinary. The formularies of the Prayer Book relating to baptism have long received from Episcopalians contradictory interpretations; and, of late years, liberty in this respect has been legally conceded as not inconsistent with the Act of Uniformity. The obscurity of the rubric on the It is curious that in one particular, uniformity exists beyond the direction of the Prayer Book. Lathbury says: "Both by rubrical and canonical authority, the table may be placed in the body of the Church or in the chancel." (" Hist. of Con." 303.) Yet the practice is to place it near the wall at the east end. subject more

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  • Paperback | 146 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 272g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123664221X
  • 9781236642219