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Introduction to Dogmatic Theology Francis Joseph Hall

Introduction to Dogmatic Theology

Francis Joseph Hall

Published September 12th 2013
ISBN : 9781230204123
76 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ... Unfortunately, these demands find some support from misguided Churchmen. No doubt the failure of charity which bore fruit in the organization and perpetuation of dissenting bodies did not occur altogether on one side. The hierarchy of bygone days did not always regard the principle of striving not to quench a smoking flax, and employed methods which savoured of external tyranny. But the faith and order of the Church is divine, constituting a sacred deposit which is incapable of compromise or surrender. 1 Accordingly, while charity must be restored, the only road to visible unity is along the ancient paths of the Catholic Church and religion. When the Christian world becomes persuaded of this, visible unity will become possible, and not before. 18. The position of liberalism which we have been considering is narrow to a degree, and would not be mistaken for breadth, if men were in the habit of going beneath the surface of things. A broad mind fosters a catholic spirit, but this means the spirit of the catholic religion--the only religion which is suited to all mens needs. It is progressive, not because it modifies the ancient foundations of truth, but because it enters more and more adequately into the bearing of the Creeds on related departments of truth and life. It is tolerant in that it respects every mans personal liberty, and seeks to propagate truth by simple persuasion, while incapable of seeming to make terms 1 See Declaration on Unity, issued by the American Bishops, Gen. Convention Journal, 1886, p. 80. with error. It seeks to extend the benefits of truth and grace to all mankind, but not by methods that are likely to extinguish the light of truth forever, if generally employed. It is above all things charitable, ...