Sketches of the Lives and Characters of the Leading Reformers of the Siseteenth Century; Luther, Calvin, Zwingle, Socinus, Crammer, Knox

Sketches of the Lives and Characters of the Leading Reformers of the Siseteenth Century; Luther, Calvin, Zwingle, Socinus, Crammer, Knox

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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. 1843 edition. Excerpt: ...a charm, he bewitched all who conversed with him, and left on their minds strong impressions of wonder and affection towards him. Such were the strength of his reasoning and the power of his eloquence, and so many distinguished virtues did he display in the sight of all, which he either possessed or counterfeited, that he appeared formed to engage the attachment of mankind; and it is not the least surprising that he deceived great numbers, and drew them over to his party." The writer adds, that what Augustin said of Manichseus may be repeated of him, that he was the devil's decoy. Such then was the man whose name, as the founder of a religious system, is so obnoxious and so fearful. And what, after this review of his life, --what, we may naturally ask, can account for the antipathy which is felt towards his memory?--for the associations of hatred and contempt with which the epithet Sodnian is designed to brand his principles and his followers? I answer, nothing but the simple circumstance that he was a principal and powerful agent in overthrowing certain principles, which the learned and powerful of his time were agreed in representing as essential to salvation; but which he deemed contrary to those Sacred Writings which he diligently studied, and to that Gospel which he dearly loved. He earnestly and virtuously enforced the views of divine truth, which appeared to him, and to many after him, more consonant with the great character and design of the Gospel, more worthy of God as their author, and of their title as glad tidings of great joy to all people. "What's in a name?" asks the great dramatic poet. Nothing perhaps to him who attends only to things, and who values terms solely as the fair and perfect representative of...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236836812
  • 9781236836816