Early Church History; A Sketch of Its First Four Centuries

Early Church History; A Sketch of Its First Four Centuries

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...the Church. True, the form in which the issue arose was so crude, that we cannot really regret that the ideal had for the time to give way to the practicable, as judged by the conscience of the Church at large, when the 'Churchaccording-to-the-Phrygians' was crushed by the sheer weight of the ' Catholic Church.' Yet we must confess that 'something that was good perished, or at least was driven inwards, with the fall of Montanism, ' and ' broke out again--never more, we will hope, to be extinguished--at the Reformation.'l There was justice then in the Montanists' claim to conservatism. But they were, as Ramsay remarks, ' unconscious that in human society conservatism is an impossibility. The life of the Church lay in the idea of unity and intercommunication: the Catholic Church was truer to this essential idea, and in order to maintain it was ready to sacrifice some of the older forms.' This feeling appears in the epitaph composed by a certain Avircius Marcellus, a Roman settler in Phrygia and Bishop of Hierapolis, who wished to leave his ideal of the Church clear on his last restingplace (c. 190-200). ' Abercius (Avircius) by name, I am a disciple of the pure Shepherd... for He taught me faithful writings. He also sent me to royal Rome to behold it and to see the goldenrobed, golden-slippered Queen the Roman Church. And there I saw a people bearing the splendid Seal of Baptism. And I saw the plain of Syria and all the cities, even Nisibis, crossing over the Euphrates. And everywhere I had associates. With Paul = his writings I followed, while everywhere Faith led the way, 'and set before me for food the Fish = the Greek initials for " Jesus Christ, God's Son, Saviour" from the Fountain i.e. 1 Dr. Sanday, Expositor, Feb., 1887, p. no; who also lays...show more

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  • English
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  • 9781236679499