The Rationale of Religious Enquiry, Or, The Question Stated of Reason, the Bible, and the Church: In Six Lectures

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J. Chapman, 1845 - Unitarian Universalist churches - 165 pages
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Page 31 - We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts : knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
Page 28 - Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona; for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Page 152 - He who begins by loving Christianity better than Truth, will proceed by loving his own sect or Church better than Christianity, and end in loving himself better than all.
Page 139 - ... of bishops. Every ecclesiastical cause may be brought to him, as the last resort, by appeal ; he may promulgate definitions and formularies of faith to the universal church; and, when the general body, or a great majority of her prelates, have assented to them, either by formal consent, or tacit assent, all are bound to acquiesce in them:" " Rome," they say, in such a case, " has spoken,
Page 165 - ... these journals. All these sects, which appear dangerous or ridiculous at a distance, assume a much more amiable character on nearer inspection. They all inculcate pure virtue, and practise mutual kindness ; and they exert great force of reason in rescuing their doctrines from the absurd or pernicious consequences which naturally flow from them. Much of this arises from the general nature of religious principle : much, also, from the genius of the gospel, — morality, so meek and affectionate,...
Page iii - To seek our Divinity merely in books and writings, is to seek the living among the dead. We do but in vain seek God many times in these, where His Truth too often is not so much enshrined as entombed. No. Intro, te quaere Deum, seek for God within thine own soul...
Page 140 - The Cisalpines affirm, that in spirituals the pope is subject, in doctrine and discipline, to the Church, and to a general council representing her; that he is subject to the canons of the Church, and cannot, except in an extreme case, dispense with them ; that even in such a case, his dispensation is subject to the judgment of the Church; that the bishops derive their jurisdiction from God himself immediately, and not derivatively through the pope...
Page 140 - ... right, prescription, concordat, or any other general rule of the church, is vested in another. They admit, that an appeal lies to the pope from the sentence of the metropolitan ; but assert, that no appeal lies to the pope, and that he can evoke no cause to himself, during the intermediate process. They affirm, that a general council may without, and even against, the pope's consent, reform the church. They deny his personal infallibility, and hold that he may be deposed by the church...
Page 20 - China, either in the seclusion of the convent, or the stir of population, the names of Jesus and of Mary still ascend. It is not difficult to understand the enthusiasm which this ancient and picturesque religion kindles in its disciples. To the poor peasant, who knows no other dignity, it must be a proud thing, to feel himself the member of a vast community, that spreads from Andes to the Indus ; that has bid defiance to the vicissitudes of fifteen centuries, and adorned itself with the genius and...

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