Unity and Schism

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General Books, 2010 - 90 pages
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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. 1917 Excerpt: ... varied reading has doctrinal significance. In the English version of the seventeenth century you read these words: "In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord." That goes well with the argument of the Epistle. But this rendering supposes a reading of the text which has no critical support, Traa-a ft otKoSoprj. The definite article cannot stand. Without it the most natural meaning of the phrase will be that which was adopted by the authors of the Revised Version, and by your American Committee working with them--" each several building." If that is what St. Paul meant, you will have to revise your reading of the whole epistle. The building of which he speaks in such burning words will be the building, not of the one Church, but of particular Churches; the union which he acclaims will be nothing more than brotherly intercourse between Churches threatened with discord. There is an escape from this conclusion. The Greek word will carry another sense. It will stand for the act of building, and so it is rendered in the Vulgate, "omnis aedificatio." The meaning will then be that all work of building which is done contributes to the completion of the one sanctuary, the true Church of God. The general Christian tradition justifies and requires that rendering; but it cannot be denied that apart from tradition this text, like many others, might be read in support of Independency.1 The obviousness of this textual support, taken apart from Catholic tradition, accounts for the general diffusion of Independency in England and English-speaking countries. The Puritan movement ran that way. Presbyterianism took little hold on Englishmen. As known to them, it was clerical and academic. It was built on ...

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