The End of the Religious Controversy; In a Friendly Correspondence Between a Religious Society of Protestants, and a Catholic Divine
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. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ...if they are capable of keeping them shut to this? Every time that each of them addresses the God of Truth, either in solemn worship or in private devotion, he fails not to repeat, I believe in THE CATHOLIC church: and yet if I ask him the question, Are you a CATHOLIC? he is sure to answer me, No, lam a PROTESTANT! Was Euseb. Eccles. Hist. J. iv. c. 15. u there ever a more glaring instance of inconsistency and self-con demnation among rational beings! At the first promulgation of the Gospel, its followers were distinguished from the Jews by the name of Christians, as we learn from Scripture, Acts xi. 26. Hence the title of Catholic did not occur in the primitive edition of the apostles' Creed; but no sooner did heresies and schisms arise, to disturb the peace of the church, than there was found to be a necessity of discriminating the main stock of her faithful children, to whom the promises of Christ belonged, from those self-will choosers of their articles of belief, as the word heretic signifies, and those disobedient separatists, as the word schismatic means. For this purpose the title of CATHOLIC, or universal, was adopted, and applied to the true church and her children. Accordingly we find it used by the immediate disciples of the apostles, as a distinguishing mark of the true church. One of these was the illustrious martyr St. Ignatius, bishop of Antioch, who, writing to the church of Smyrna, expressly says, that " Christ is where the Catholic church is." In like manner, the same church of Smyrna, giving a relation of the martyrdom of their holy bishop St. Polycarp, who was equally a disciple of the apostles, addresses it to " The Catholic churches."-J-This characteristical title of the true church continued to...
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