Sketches of Church History in Scotland

Sketches of Church History in Scotland

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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. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...changes that aroused a spirit of rebellion in the people, when they began to suspect that their religion and liberty were at stake. The King had for his chief adviser William Laud, at that time Bishop of London. He observed Laud's aggressive disposition, and took care to restrain it. Three years afterwards, when Laud was pressing him "to make that stubborn Kirk stoop to the English pattern," by imposing a liturgy and canons, he refused, and reminded him of his promise to try the obedience of the Scots no further in ecclesiastical affairs. But in 1625 James died, and Charles I. found in Laud a thoroughly congenial adviser. Laud was soon made Archbishop of Canterbury, and became the moving spirit of the counter-reformation in both kingdoms. He can hardly, with justice, be described either as a great man or a good man. Yet in several respects he approached nearly to greatness and goodness. His plans of Church reform were comprehensively designed and boldly carried out. He was a man of learning and of liberal culture. His zeal for the Church, and his personal devotion and conscientiousness, are unquestionable; but the better qualities of his heart were concealed from all but his intimate friends by a dictatorial and acrimonious temper; and his mind was warped by an excessive regard to the external forms and accessories of religion. The chief aim of his life was to restore the Church to its primitive order, by introducing a system of government, a liturgy and ceremonial, such as prevailed under the first Christian emperors. But in one important respect he deviated fatally from his own principles. His reliance on the absolute prerogative of the Crown was quite alien from the spirit of primitive Christianity. Charles I. had many points...
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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236865340
  • 9781236865342