The Creeds of the Church; In Their Relations to the Word of God and to the Conscience of the Christian the Hulsean Lectures for the Year 1857

The Creeds of the Church; In Their Relations to the Word of God and to the Conscience of the Christian the Hulsean Lectures for the Year 1857

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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. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ... repeat) firmer and better established than it would be, if like Rome she asked only for the blind adherence of all her children. Surely her authority is (as I would again repeat) so much the greater, for if the assent of the clergy of Rome is asked for implicitly, and given blindly, that of our clergy is asked for openly, and given freely. We claim, therefore, that our Articles are true and our Creeds Apostolical, and, because they are true and Apostolical, we ask for the confidence of our weaker brethren1. 1 Mr Alford on Bom. xiv. I. The demand, therefore, for an infallible guidance must be allowed to be an index of a weakness in the faith; and perhaps wherever education is partial, and moral energy and the sense of personal responsibility deficient, there the leaning upon others will always continue.--We cannot deny that it exists too much in our own Church; only the authority of a school or a party or a favourite minister takes the place with us of the Church at large. But the question becomes entirely changed when, because of the weakness of the few or the many, the whole Church is required to submit itself to the authority of its ministers; when we are bidden one and all of us to resign our judgment, and teachers and taught are alike required to submit to the claims of a particular body, a limited conclave;--when the personal connexion between the individual Christian and the Holy Spirit, between the member and the Head of the Body is denied; and the Church is placed between the believers and the Comforter, not to serve as the bond of union and the channel of grace, but to check the access of those who should be united, and to sever those whom it professes to join. The usual arguments upon the subject of submission to the Church are known...show more

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