Excerpt from Protestantism and the Church: Lectures Delivered in St. Ann's Church on the Sunday Evenings of Advent, 1881
Many who did not hear the lectures, who may, by the blessing of God derive some profit from them, if they will be patient enough to read and study them. I am not so unwise as to think that there is any great merit in my treatment of a familiar subject. I have only written in a popular form, without any at tempt at that perfection which belongs to a more labored treatise. Still, it seems to me that I have stated enough to convince the candid reader, or at least to lead him to prayerful investigation of a matter which is Vital to the soul. These questions are not in regard to the afiairs of this short life. They concern eternity and the salvation of men. It is necessary to salvation to belong to the true Church of Christ; and nothing but invincible igno rance can excuse those who are separate from the one fold of faith. I will only beg every one to read these lectures in the same Spirit as that in which I have prepared them, and in the desire to be true and sincere with God. The infinite mercy may bless that which of itself is so imperfect, and cause our poor efforts to tend in some way to the extension on earth of the kingdom of Christ and the glory of the In carnate Word. T. S. P. New york, Feast of St. Thomas, 1881.
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