Explanation of a Passage in an Article on Certain Works of Bishop Jewel, Published in the British Critic for July, 1841, in a Letter to the Rev. C. S. Bird (Google eBook)

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J.G.F.& J.Rivington, 1842 - Reformation - 75 pages
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Page 22 - ... intrude upon the peace of the contented, and raise doubts in the minds of the uncomplaining ; vex the Church with controversy, alarm serious men, and interrupt the established order of things ; ' set the father against the son, and the mother against the daughter ;' and lead the taught to say, ' I have more understanding than my teachers.
Page 22 - UNPROTESTANTIZING (to use an offensive, but forcible, word) of the NATIONAL CHURCH ; and accordingly we are ready to endure, however we may lament, the undeniable, and in themselves, disastrous, effects of the pending controversy. But if, after all, we are not to be carried above the doctrine and tone of the English Reformers ; if we are but to exchange a congenial enthusiasm for a timid moderation, a vigorous extreme for an unreal mean, an energetic Protestantism for a stiff and negative Anglicanism,...
Page 22 - We cannot stand where we are ; we must go backwards or forwards ; and it will surely be the latter. It is absolutely necessary towards the consistency of the system which certain parties are labouring to restore, that truths should be clearly stated, which as yet have been but intimated, and others developed which are now but in germ. And as we go on, we must recede more and more from 200 the principles, if any such there be, of the English Reformation"* Here is a distinct proclamation of what is...
Page 22 - I have more understanding than my teacher.' All this has been done ; and all this is worth hazarding in a matter of life and death ; much of it is predicted as the characteristic result, and therefore the sure criterion, of the Truth. An object thus momentous we believe to be the unprotestantizing (to use an offensive but forcible word) of the National Church...
Page 42 - Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost its savour, wherewith shall it be salted ? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men.
Page 22 - All this has been done ; and all this is worth hazarding in a matter of life and death ; much of it is predicted as the characteristic result, and therefore the sure criterion, of the Truth.
Page 10 - ... realize what, as in vision, it beholds. Our severed state is a maimed and imperfect condition, checking, we must fear, the full flow of That Holy Spirit through our disjointed portions, Which, when perfectly present, makes what He pervades wholly one, even as He is the Unity of the Father and the Son. To feel what the Church should be, is to long that it be so. And if we come not with subdued hearts, settled to wait God's time for His gift, and anxious to take no step but just where He leads,...
Page 39 - ... to which its admission may tend, are farther questions, upon which the article did not enter. It will be time enough to think of these features of the scene, when our progress shall have brought them more directly in sight.
Page 18 - Reformation ; but is not private judgment as apt to mislead in the interpretation of antiquity as in that of Scripture?
Page 11 - ... largest portion of Christendom, and which, in relationship as well as place, is nearest to us. This longing must be directed ; it cannot, ought not to be quenched ; yet while it is active (not to speak of other agents), it were idle to think that any censure or silencing of men or books can stay what is the result of implanted sympathies, at the very centre of Christian life and love.

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