The Works of Nathaniel Lardner Volume 5

The Works of Nathaniel Lardner Volume 5

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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. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ...the quotations of Irenseus, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, and other writers of the second century, of Origen in the third, and of Eusebius in the fourth century, it appears, that the greatest part of the books, which are now received by us, and are called canonical, were universally acknowledged in their times, and had been so acknowledged by the elders and churches of former times. And the rest now received by us, though they were then doubted of, or controverted by some, were1 well known, and approved by many. And Athanasius, who lived not long after Eusebius, (having flourished from the year 326 and afterwards, ) received all the same books which are now received by us, and no other. Which has also been the prevailing sentiment ever since. This canon was not determined by the authority of councils: but the books, of which it consists, were known to be the genuine writings of the apostles and evangelists, in the same way and manner that we know the works of Csrsar, Cicero, Virgil, Horace, Tacitus, to be theirs. And the canon has been formed upon the ground of an unanimous, or generally concurring testimony and tradition. In the course of this long work we have had frequent occasion to observe, that the canon of the New Testament had not been settled by any authority universally acknowledged, particularly not in the time ofh Eusebius, nor of c Augustine, nor of a Cosmas, nor of' Cassiodorius: but that nevertheless there was a general agreement among christians upon this head. That the number of books to be received as sacred and canonical had not been determined by the authority of any council, or councils, universally acknowledged, is apparent from the different judgments among christians, in several parts of the world, concerning more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 408g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236551834
  • 9781236551832