A History of All Religions; Containing a Statement of the Origin Development, Doctrines, and Government of the Religious Denominations, with Biographical Notices of Eminent Divines

A History of All Religions; Containing a Statement of the Origin Development, Doctrines, and Government of the Religious Denominations, with Biographical Notices of Eminent Divines

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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. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...17, 1718: 1. Their government by bishops, archbishops, deans, chancellors, and vicars, is wholly unscriptural. 2. Their discipline by surrogates and chancellors in their courts ecclesiastic, is without a foundation in the word of God. 3. Their abuse of that supposed discipline by commutation. 4. A diocesan bishop cannot be founded, jure divino, upon Paul's epistles to Timothy or Titus, nor anywhere else in the word of God, and so is a mere human invention. 5. The usurped power of the bishops at their yearly visitations, acting all of themselves, without consent of the brethren. 6. Pluralities of benefices. 7. The churches conniving at the practice of Arminian doctrines inconsistent with the eternal purpose of God, and an encouragement to vice. Besides, I could not be satisfied with their ceremonial way of worship. Those have so affected my conscience, that I could no longer abide in a Church where the same are practised. William Tennent." Prior to the Revolution, the Presbyterian churches continued to increase by a gradual process, throughout many of the original thirteen States; and with the formation of new churches, presbyteries and synods were established, which held ecclesiastical jurisdiction over them. In Virginia, they were much persecuted by the Episcopalians, who went so far, in 16i8, as to enact by their House of Burgesses, that if any person came within the colony, and claimed to be a clergyman, and attempted to preach or perform any other clerical duty, without being able to show a testimonial that he had been ordained by an English diocesan bishop, he was to be expelledfrom the limits of the colony. By the operation of this law the Presbyterian clergy were entirely excluded from Virginia for a long series of years. When the...show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236509854
  • 9781236509857