History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century Volume 1-5

History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century Volume 1-5

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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. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ...the Church could not long remain in its actual position; and often, at the very moment of his return from saying mass, or of rising from before some image, the old man would turn towards his youthful disciple, and grasping him by the hand would say in a serious tone of voice: My dear William, God will renew the world, and you will see it l " Farel did not thoroughly understand these words. Yet Lefevrc di not confine himself to this mysterious language; a great change which was then wrought in him, was destined to produce a similar effect on his disciple. The old doctor was engaged in a laborious task; he was carefully collecting the legends of the saints and martyrs, and arranging them according to the order in which their nrimes are found in the calendar. Two months had already been printed, when one of those beams o light which come from heaven, suddenly illuminated his soul. Ho could not resist the disgust which such puerile superstitions must ever cause in the heart of aChi'istian. The subliinity of the Vord of God made him erceive the paltry nature of these fables. They now appeared to him no better than brimstone fit to kindle the fire of idolatry. He abandoned his work, and throwing these legends aside, turned ardently towards the Holy Scripture. At the moment when Lefevre, quitting the wondrous tales of the saints, laid his hand on the Word of God, a new era began in France, and was the commencement of the Reformation. In effect, Lefevre, weaned from the fables of the Brevia, began to study the Epistles of St. Paul; l-he light increased rapidly in his heart, and he immediately im arted to his disciples that knowledge of the truth which we find in his commentaries. Strange doctrines were those for...show more

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  • Paperback | 722 pages
  • 188.98 x 246.13 x 36.58mm | 1,270.05g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123664557X
  • 9781236645579