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The Oxford Movement

Twelve Years, 1833-1845

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Author: R.W. Church
Language: English
Wordcount: 108,551 / 327 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 58
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 947
Added to site: 2004.07.02
mnybks.net#: 8474
Genres: History, Religion
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t mattered, of course, to the conscience of each Christian what he had made up his mind to believe, but to no one else. Church organisation was, according to circumstances, partly inevitable or expedient, partly mischievous, but in no case of divine authority. Teaching, ministering the word, was a thing of divine appointment, but not so the mode of exercising it, either as to persons, forms, or methods. Sacraments there were, signs and pledges of divine love and help, in every action of life, in every sight of nature, and eminently two most touching ones, recommended to Christians by the Redeemer Himself; but except as a matter of mere order, one man might deal with these as lawfully as another. Church history there was, fruitful in interest, instruction, and warning; for it was the record of the long struggle of the true idea of the Church against the false, and of the fatal disappearance of the true before the forces of blindness and wickedness.[7] Dr. Arnold's was a passionate attempt to place the true ide

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