The Complete Religious and Thelogical Works. the Poetical and Miscellaneous Works

The Complete Religious and Thelogical Works. the Poetical and Miscellaneous Works

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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. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...towards inquiring into the truth of A ncient History, so far as history is connected with Systems of Religion. T has been customary to class history into three divisions, distinguished by the names of Sacred, Profane, and Ecclesiastical. By the first is meant the Bible; by the second, the history of nations--of men and things; and by the third, the history of the church and priesthood. Nothing is more easy than to give names, and, therefore, mercshames signify nothing unless they lead to the discovery of some ca1_3_;e for which that name was given. For example, Sun/fay is the name given to the first day of the week, in th, t"English language, and it is the same in the Latin, that is, it has the same meaning, (Dies solzs, ) and also in the German, and in several other languages. Why then was this name given to that day? Because it was the day dedicated by the ancient world to the luminary which in English we call the Sun, and, therefore, the day Sun-day, or the day of the Sun; asin the like manner we call the second day Monday, the' day dedicated to the Moon. Here the name Sunday, leads to the cause of its being called so, and we have visible evidence of the fact, because we behold the Sun from whence the name comes; but this is not the case when we distinguish one part of history from another by the name of Sacred All histories have been written by men. We have no evidence, nor any cause to believe, that any have been written by God. That part of the Bible called the Old Testament, is the history of the Jewish nation, from the time of Abraham, which begins iu the nth chap. of Genesis, to the downfall of that nation by Nebuchadnezzar, and is no more entitled to be called sacred than any other history. It is altogether the...show more

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  • Paperback | 246 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 445g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236872118
  • 9781236872111