The History of Dissenters; From the Revolution in 1688, to the Year 1808 Volume 3

The History of Dissenters; From the Revolution in 1688, to the Year 1808 Volume 3

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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. 1810 edition. Excerpt: ...and what praise is due for their superior regard to the sacred Scriptures, and their opposition to human authority, is left to the reader to determine. He will perceive an immense difference between the civil magistrate interfering in matters of religion, and presenting a creed to be subscribed as the term of admission into the clerical office, and the ministers of Christ on an extraordinary occasion, for the glory of God, and the benefit of the church, standing forth as individuals to check the progress of error, and declaring by their signature, their belief of an important doctrine of Scripture. This distinction, however obvious, does not appear to have been made by those who have so loudly condemned the subscribers, and praised the nonsubscribers in this controversy. The measures of the nonsubscribers were less decisive than those of their brethren. This body consisted of a majority of the presbyterians, a few independents, and about one half of the baptists who came to the assembly. Some of the baptists were known to be arians, and one or two socinians; some of the presby terians wore suspected of leaning towards heresy; but the chief part of them was sound in the faith, and not a few of them were among the most respectable ministers in London. The zeal of some of this body, in opposition to subscription, was, like that of the Exeter ministers, entitled to little praise, for it was to screen their heresy from public view. OtheVs, who were less concerned on their own account, sought to shield these men from the shafts of notoriety; and both these classes were very active in the work. But the greater part of them acted upon general principles unconnected with the present controversy, though they appear in this instance to have been more

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  • Paperback | 138 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 259g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236514785
  • 9781236514783