Not Tradition, But Scripture

Not Tradition, But Scripture

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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. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ..."quod semper, quod ubique, quod ab omnibus," constitutes our rule. Those traditions only which have been received in all ages of the Church, in all parts of Christendom, and by the great mass of Christians, we acknowledge as binding upon the conscience, and as really constituting a standard of faith. Be it so. Undoubtedly this is an important limitation. But then, unfortunately, this is a limitation so extensive, that, if acted upon, it would make the exception entirely exclude the rule. For, after all, what are the doctrines connected in any way with tradition which can in strictness be said to have been thus adopted, " semper, ubique, et ab omnibus?" Can any one article of a Christian man's belief, not expressly enun ciated in Scripture, be said to come under this category? We hear the institution of the celebration of our Lord's day, and the nonobservance of the Jewish sabbath quoted as a case in point. I deny that it is so. We have authority in Scripture for the celebration of the Lord's day, and we read enough in Scripture to justify our non-observance of the Jewish sabbath. But so far is tradition from being uniform on this question, that we know that for a considerable period after our Lord's ascension a large body of Christians continued to celebrate both days; and that it was only by slow degrees that the former entirely superseded the latter. Again, we are told that it is to tradition that we must look for our warrant for the adoption of the rite of infant baptism. This instance is, however, as defective as the former. Here, as Bishop Taylor observes, we have again the sanction of Scripture in the analogous case of infant circumcision, whilst that of tradition fails us, --the practice of infant baptism having been, ...
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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236639308
  • 9781236639301