Travels of an Irish Gentleman in Search of Religion with Notes and Illustrations
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. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ...for, however calumnious and false were, on most points, his representations of the Fathers, he had, at least, abundantly succeeded in showing that they were, in faith and practice, any thing but Protfistants; and that, therefore, to refer to. them as authorities for Protestant doctrines was. a deception which, once well exposed, was not likely to be often, or with any success, repeated. Accordingly we have seen that, from that period, --with the exception now and then of aliaubeny, or a Faber, who still resort to the old-battered armoury for weapons, --the Church of England Divines have, with a mostprudent reserve, left the Fathers, as auxiliaries, undisturbed on their shelves: and the few departures from this safe policy 3 into which they have been tempted must serve, more and ' " Dr. Middleton (says the Norrisian Professor, Hey)-, does not seem to fall far short. of Mr. Hume on Miracles." ' I-n the following passage from one of the Lectures of Dr. Hey, we find the motives of both the parties, in these two opposite views of the Fathers, pretty fairly stated: --" Those who defend the pretensions of the Fathers do it through fear lest, if they should appear indefensible, the cause of Christianity should suffer_ by the condemnation of its early propagators. Those who accuse the Fathers of superstition, weakness, or falsehood, consider what indelible disgrace they shall bring upon Popery by showing the impurity of the source from which all its distinguishing doctrines have taken their rise." With respect to the accusations, here mentioned, against the Fathers, of " superstition, weakness, etc." they are the same that have, for centuries, been brought forward against the religion which glories in having...
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- 13 Sep 2013
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