Early Dissent, Modern Dissent, and the Church of England
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. 1870. Excerpt: ... SEEMON II. MODERN DISSENT. Acts Vii. 26. Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another? T AST Sunday we endeavoured to trace briefly- the history of those times in which arose the older forms of Dissent. The intent of such a retrospect was that we might derive from it some idea of the feelings which these earlier dissentients held towards the Church from which they withdrew or were excluded. With such or nearly such feelings we may expect their descendants to be imbued at this day. So true is it that in religious matters we are all of us what our training in youth has made us. By appreciating this we shall be better enabled to decide how we ought to behave towards those who are thus estranged from us. We saw that from several causes the Reformation in England differed from the contemporary religious movements in other countries. Having its origin here rather with the monarch than with the people the Church of the Reformation was from its outset necessarily connected with the State, and from the capricious temper of the king under whom the Reformation commenced, added to the vicissitudes in the times of his two immediate successors, the changes in the English Ritual and Services progressed neither so fast nor so far as did similar alterations elsewhere. We noticed how a desire to emulate the thoroughness (as it was deemed) of the foreign Reformers was the beginning of a conflict in which, under the name of religion, extravagant excesses were indulged in by both sides. How afterwards one party, inclining to the monarch for the sake of the support which he could afford them, mixed up Church government and statecraft in such a close union that King's-man and Church-man became convertible terms. And while looking with sorrow on that D coalition, which ...
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