An Apology for Conforming to the Protestant Episcopal Church

An Apology for Conforming to the Protestant Episcopal Church (Paperback)

By Thomas S Brittan 
Publisher: General Books
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 1151649910
EAN: 9781151649911
No. of Units: 1
No. of Pages: 88
Publish Date: 2009-12-28
Binding: Paperback
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This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1833. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... INTRODUCTORY LETTER. Right Rev. And Dear Sir, The great English moralist, as he has been entitled, (Dr. Johnson, ) lays down, in one of his essays, the following moral axioms: --" That as all error is meanness, it is incumbent on every man who consults his own dignity, to retract it as soon as he discovers it, without fearing any censure so much as that of his own mind. As justice requires that all injuries should be repaired, it is the duty of him who has seduced others by bad practices or false notions, to endeavour that such as have adopted his errors, should know his retractation; and that those who have learned vice by his example, should by his example also be taught amendment." These sentiments perfectly accord with the dictates of holy writ, which require genuine penitents to "bring forth fruits meet for repentance." They seem to have been the principles by which the greatest exemplars of piety have always been influenced, when, after their wanderings, they were restored to their right minds. And especially were they illustrated by the conduct of the great apostle of the Gentiles, who, after his conversion to the faith, manifested such zeal as to call forth the admiring testimony of his fellow Christians. "He which persecuted us in times past, now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed " Repentance, then, is not only a generous, but a magnanimous grace; it is a temper inferior only to innocency itself. Indeed it requires greater courage to acknowledge an error once indulged in, than altogether to have avoided it. It is virtue so placed, as sometimes to yield more glory to God than even unoffending excellency could have done--it aims at repairing the dishonours done to the divine will--it pays a voluntary homage to the obedience of the wise and t...
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Title: An Apology for Conforming to the Protestant Episcopal Church
Publisher: General Books
Author: Thomas S Brittan
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 1151649910
EAN: 9781151649911
No. of Units: 1
No. of Pages: 88
Publish Date: 2009-12-28
Binding: Paperback

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