The Western Messenger Volume 2, Nos. 2-3

The Western Messenger Volume 2, Nos. 2-3

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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. 1836 edition. Excerpt: think that notwithstanding this, these fathers believed in the real divinity qf the second and third persons of the Trinity, taking that word in its present meaning. Now it appears to me that in doing so, he does not do justice to these fathers. He himself observes on this head: "A derived God, if words are allowed to have their appropriate meaning, cannot be a self-existent God; a dependent God cannot be an independent one. We may assert what we please respecting the indescribable, unspeakable, wonderful manner of generation or procession; we may disclaim all similitudes among created things ever so much or so strongly; yet all this goes only to the manner and not to the matter of the thing. The latter still remains. The idea of dependence and derivation is inseparably and by absolute necessity connected with the idea of generation and procession." These remarks are perfectly true, but at the same time they are too obvious to have escaped the observation of the early fathers. That they did properly discriminate between the Supreme Sovereignty of the Father, and the delegated and subordinate authority of the Son and Spirit, appears to me to be clearly shewn in the extracts which I have before given from their writings. But, besides the evidence for the Unitarianism of the first three centuries, to be drawn from the writings of that age, we may find another and perhaps more satisfactory proof to establish the point under consideration, in the creeds which existed in the church in those early ages. "When we wish to ascertain the opinions held by a particular church, at any given period, we naturally inquire in the first instance, whether such church had a written creed or formula of faith, and if so, we then refer more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236809289
  • 9781236809285