Sunday and the Sabbath

Sunday and the Sabbath

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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. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...It may not, however, mean more than that worldly business was to be neglected rather than religious duties left undone; and, in any case, it is not based on Sabbatarian grounds. It is unnecessary, I think, to multiply quotations. Suffice it to say that there is not known to be a single writer in the first three centuries of the Church who confounds Sunday with the Sabbath, or who, if he touches the subject at all, speaks of the Sabbath otherwise than as a Jewish institution, which, like circumcision, and the rest of the Mosaic Law, has had its day, and, for Christians, has ceased to be. It is, of course, true, as I have said before, that the Sabbath was for some time observed by Jewish Christians, adhering naturally in this and some other respects to their ancient SATURDAY FAST 81 customs, and we know that even S. Paul was very tolerant of their prejudices, so long as they did not threaten the liberty of other Christians. It is true, also, that in the Western Church, by the end of the third century, Saturday was largely observed as a fast; but it was so observed not as the Sabbath, but simply as a continuation of the fast of Friday, the day which commemorated our Lord's crucifixion; and the main fact for which we have been contending remains unshaken, viz. that for the first three centuries Sunday was simply a special day of worship, and for the chief act of worship and fellowship, i.e. the Eucharist; and that it was entirely unfettered by any Church rules or regulations as to the manner in which it should otherwise be employed; though, as we saw from Tertullian, there were some, at any rate, at the end of the second century whose custom was, as far as possible, to abstain from ordinary work on the Lord's Day. We come now to an event of great im...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236501233
  • 9781236501233