Queen's Quarterly Volume 12

Queen's Quarterly Volume 12

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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. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...In all its bearings the case is one in which we should have expected a High Court of Equity like the House of Lords to have mediated more successfully between the fixed exceptions of law and what the common sense of our age requires. Nothing is more familiar to our generation than the idea of the necessity of evolution in connection with all our institutions. It has become a popular category and is in constant use. Yet this decision, under cover of a legal fiction, flouts it. Although we live in an age when changes of this kind have become evident to everyone and are universally accepted as a law of life and vital growth, yet this high seat of judgment, this ultimate court of appeal pretends not to see them, in fact declares they do not exist. That might do very well for a Sheriffs Court or even a Lord Ordinary's, but it is too artificial for the highest court of the realm engaged in determining the constitutional rights of a great church. The cautious conservatism of the English mind is seen in the judgment, but it is certainly not seen to advantage. Talk about change or evolution, the Free Church has been a remarkable example ot it. Thirty years ago it was perhaps the most austere of the churches in doctrine and practice alike. It ejected that brilliant exponent of the higher criticism, Dr. Robertson Smith, from its theological halls. But since that time some of its prominent men have become widely known as the most liberal theologians in Scotland. And to-day even its cautious veteran leader, Dr. Rainy, in his criticism of the decision of the House of Lords, is bold enough to express himself in the following manner: "The idea of a church held absolutely and forever by the faith of men who died 200 or 250 years ago was simply to be denounced as...show more

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236659600
  • 9781236659606