The Theological and Miscellaneous Works. Ed. with Notes by John Towill Rutt Volume 8

The Theological and Miscellaneous Works. Ed. with Notes by John Towill Rutt Volume 8

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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. 1803 edition. Excerpt: ...things, and of having been the visible Jehovah of the Old Testament, or the medium of all the divine communications of God with mankind. We shall find, however, if we attentively consider the following history, that it was a long time, not less than half a century, before this new opinion was completely formed, and maintained by any considerable number of persons. For it is resolvable into several distinct parts, and the connexion there is between them was not distinctly perceived at first, so that they were adopted one after another, and were held with much inconsistency and hesitation, as has generally been the case with other new systems of doctrine. Radically different as this opinion is from that of the Platonizing fathers, the learned world was in some measure prepared for it, by the gradual evanescence of the philoso phical doctrine of the emanation of all spirits from the sub-' stance of God, which was thought to render him too much like material substances, and by the scriptural idea of a proper creation out of nothing, which philosophers had never admitted. Also the Platonizing fathers, in the apologies which they made to the common people, for their new doctrine of the divinity of Christ, had been led to speak of him as greatly inferior to the Father; and, in their controversies with the learned Unitarians, they had even said that he was of a diflerent substance from the Father; the divinity of the Father and that of the Son not being the same, as the Sabellians were charged with making it. Now it clearly followed, that if Christ was of a difl'erent substance from the Father, he could not be properly divine, but must have been created like other things, and, like them, out of nothing. And since it had always more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 408g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236752422
  • 9781236752420