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. 1891 Excerpt: ...that it shows the average Christianity; that as a compilation it can not be used in picturing any period; that it shows poverty of contents; ...Read MoreThis 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. 1891 Excerpt: ...that it shows the average Christianity; that as a compilation it can not be used in picturing any period; that it shows poverty of contents; the Christianity of the author can only be lamented; that it is rationalistic and flat, but nevertheless interesting; that it is a miserable production, without any importance for those of our times; the book is characteristic only of the Byzantine forger. Places assigned for the writing: Egypt, Greece, Syria, Jerusalem, Rome, Asia Minor, Constantinople. "Then some regard it as setting forth the apostolic, the Presbyterian, the Episcopal, or no system of church government whatever. It is considered of great value because it favors the Protestant, or the Catholic, or the Baptist, or the anti-Baptist, or the Chiliastic, or the anti-Chiliastic, or the Irvingian, or some other church party; because it is still apostolic and anti-Catholic and at the same time Catholic; because its prophets are still apostles of the real primitive Christianity; others, then, claim that they are new prophets, or no prophets at all, but rather inventive swindlers and parasites; others, that they are no swindlers, but homunculi produced by a forger." I have given this full discussion of this work on account of the prominence given to the Teaching in so many quarters. It will easily be seen that scholars must come nearer to an agreement before the work can be seriously quoted as an authority. Granting the extremest position of our opponents, we gain by the book quite as much as we lose. The truth is that the part that may appear to favor the Pedobaptists is really the part that is directly against the teaching of the New Testament. CHAPTER XVII. ARGUMENT FROM HISTORY IN FAVOR OF IMMERSION. A LL standard historians, regardless of denomi...Read Less
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