The Living Age Volume 222

The Living Age Volume 222

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...entrenching upon the sacred rest of this day, that it was a necessary office of mercy and charity which the laws enjoined them." It is evident that, though the Lord's Day had a Christian origin, and was indeed directly connected with the cardinal Christian doctrine, yet very early the analogy of the Jewish Sabbath powerfully influenced its character. The permission to work at husbandry on the Lord's Day, conceded by Constantine, troubled the Christian conscience, and was soon everywhere restrained. It was comparatively easy, as society was then constituted, to secure absence from labor on Sunday; the really difficult task was the suppression of amusement. Church and State united in the attempt, but evidently with very slight success. The example of the Jews was opposed to the theory of the Church, and, at least, in this matter, the general body of Christians was inclined to follow the Jews. The insistanee on the joyous character of the weekly festival, which had its justification in doctrinal reasons, ministered directly to the cause of Sunday amusement. Moreover, society was organized for amusement, and in becoming nominally Christian, it neither altered its system nor changed its tastes. In vain bishops passed canons, and orators thundered denunciations. The fascinations of the circus and the theater were superior to more sober attractions of Divine service, and even on such solemn occasions as Good Friday and the Easter octave communicants flocked to the horse-races. Very largely the Church had to make concessions. The practice of Christendom in the Middle Ages was extremely indulgent, and all the evidences we possess assure us that on the threshold of the Reformation Sunday, in common with other Church festivals, was a day of...
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  • 189 x 246 x 27mm | 934g
  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236952626
  • 9781236952622