A Letter to Andrew C. Dick on His Dissertation on Church Polity

A Letter to Andrew C. Dick on His Dissertation on Church Polity

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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. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ...the institution which attempts to maintain it, and is based upon the assumption that it exists, can be upheld only by means of art and force. It is not safe to lay any part of the foundation of such an unreasonable structure upon the opinions of the people." Yet in this same section you enter into a long train of argument to prove the danger to the State of allowing the Voluntary principle, the effect of piety and zeal, to operate permanently within an Ecclesiastical Establishment. Your fears are so awakened "by a late outburst of liberality from the members of the Scottish Establishment, that you begin to suspect, with Dugald Stewart, that "in the present political state of Europe, a ralapse into the superstitions of the Church of Borne is a danger not altogether visionary."t These glaring contradictions can only be ascribed to that inveterate prejudice which you have conceived against Church Establishments. Point by point, in detail, the truth forces itself upon you, that those Establishments owe their origin to conscientious piety and honest zeal; that they are necessary; that the State generally has no choice in the matter; that they are useful for the purpose designed, when framed according to wise and good laws; and that since the Reformation they have been too scantily endowed. It further appears that, by the Voluntary principle, you mean a principle acted upon "temporarily and occasionally, and not permanently;" the Voluntary Church should in strictness of speech be called the Temporary Church. Thus in a highly artificial state of society, when all public proceedings of individuals and communities are more regulated by positive laws, than perhaps ever was the case in the world before, you would...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236986261
  • 9781236986269