The Foundations of Faith Considered in Eight Sermons Preached Before the University of Oxford in the Year M.DCCC.LXXIX, at the Lectures Founded by John Bampton

The Foundations of Faith Considered in Eight Sermons Preached Before the University of Oxford in the Year M.DCCC.LXXIX, at the Lectures Founded by John Bampton

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...sin; and in proportion as we submit our whole hearts and minds, alike in fife and in thought, in study and in action, in theology, in philosophy, and in science, to the influence of that Spirit who is the source of all unity, will He harmonize our conflicting impulses and our various views of truth, 'till we all come unto uvf the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.' Such a faith, such a grasp of the whole course of the Christian Church, and such a vision of the future, ought to he the special prerogative of Englishmen. It was exemplified at the crisis of the Reformation, when such questions were even more distressing than they are now, by the great theologian to whom we owe that work on The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, which is on all hands recognised as a characteristic expression of the mind of the English Church. The force with which the problems we have been considering was then presented to the minds of our Fathers was overwhelming, alike in its suddenness and in its vehemence. Audacious as was the claim of the Eoman Church of that day to represent the supreme authority of Christendom, it had nevertheless imposed on the minds of men to a degree which cannot now be appreciated. Theoretically to divines, and practically to men in general, the Pope was the ultimate source of all spiritual and moral authority; he was the centre of the world, and his annihilation was like the annihilation of the sphere itself. It forcibly illustrates the tremendous weight of that authority to reflect that nothing was adequate to its overthrow but an appeal to the word of God Himself.. Satirists and humanists might countermine it; but it was not until the...show more

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