The First Age Christianity and the Church; By John Ignatius Dollinger. Translated by Henry Nutcombe Oxenham

The First Age Christianity and the Church; By John Ignatius Dollinger. Translated by Henry Nutcombe Oxenham

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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. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...who had not bowed the knee to Baal, "thus is there a remnant according to His gracious choice."1 In fact many, nay all, were called, only few chosen. But the Church remained; and when the great body of Jews rejected the universal religion, now become a world-wide kingdom, the quickening Spirit withdrew from them. The animated body still held the members together, but the power of religious fecundity was withered; all that stirred in the corpse was casuistry Talmud, Rabbinical lore. All the life was in the Church, where law was changed into grace, fear into love, types and symbols into realities. There, shadow had turned to substance, and God's sanctifying power was not simply displayed but given; all that was accidental or temporary in the institutions and precepts of the ancient people passed away, all that had an universal and permanent human significance was retained, enlarged and elevated. Christ had so arranged that His death and resurrection coincided with one great annual festival and the descent of the Holy Ghost with the other; He had given His Church the form of a well-ordered kingdom, preserving an hierarchical and liturgical character, and thus being not a mere continuation of the Synagogue--for the mighty event of the Incarnation and the powers derived from it intervened--but the ancient Church maintained in substance and raised to a higher stage of life by the threefold process of elevation, confirmation and improvement. 1 Joel ii. 32. Mic. v. 8. Zach. viii. 12. Rom. xi. 2--5. Thus was the Christian Church at first enclosed in the Jewish, like the unborn child in its mother's womb. The time allowed to the Synagogue was not yet run out, even after the authorities and their adherents at Jerusalem more

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