A Vindication of the Character of the Pious and Learned Bishop Bull

A Vindication of the Character of the Pious and Learned Bishop Bull

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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. 1827 edition. Excerpt: ... and not one from St. James, was in fact of no moment, had he considered that the citations from St. Paul bore directly upon the point which the Reformers had in view to establish, whilst no citations from St. James would immediately have answered their purpose. For the doctrine which our Reformers had to establish in the Homily in question was simply this, that no human works of any kind were to encroach upon those all-sufficient merits, to which alone the justification of fallen man was to be attributed. The Archdea-con of Ely must therefore see much further than I can, to discover how this circumstance of Bishop Bull's appealing to St. James instead of St. Paul is deserving of especial remark; it strikes me as the most natural thing in the world, that the Bishop should have recourse to that authority which applied more particularly to the subject which he had immediately before him: and of this the Archdeacon must have been satisfied, had he not read the Bishop's Harmonia Aposto lica too cursorily to weigh thereasons which the Bishop in the fourth chapter of his latter dissertation has given at length, for the method which he had thought proper to adopt. From these supposed premises, however, the Archdeacon feels himself warranted in drawing the following conclusion. " This fact alone," says the Archdeacon, (namely, that of the Bishop's appealing to the authority of St. James, not to that of St. Paul, ) " independent of every other consideration, would incline every consistent Churchman to suspect the soundness of the learned author's scheme." Hoping to be given credit for the character of a consistent Churchman, I must still be free to declare, that I cannot admit the soundness of the...
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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123686588X
  • 9781236865885