The Letter and the Spirit

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Cosimo, Inc., Jun 1, 2006 - Religion - 228 pages
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What do we mean by religion?... [T]he tendency since the Reformation has undoubtedly been, to make religion more a badge of separation than a basis of union. But in our day this subject has begun to present itself in a new light. As the science of language has taught us to see affinities where, until recently, men only saw diversities, so the science of religion-a science which, as yet, professes to be only in its infancy-is teaching is that beneath all the outward manifestations of religion lies that which is anterior to all religions, the faculty of aspiring and yearning after the Infinite. -from "Lecture VI: In Creeds and Confessions of Faith" These eight lectures, delivered by Trinity College Fellow ROBERT EDWARD BARTLETT (1830-1904) at the University of Oxford and gathered together in one volume in 1888, explore Christianity from the perspective as both faith and law, as the expression of human feeling as well as the rules by which humanity should live. From the trials of his conversion that influenced St. Paul's interpretations of the Gospels-and the suggestion that he did not consider faith dependent upon them-to how the history of the Church and the performance of the Sacraments are connected in metaphor and actuality, this is an intriguing discussion about how ideas about God, man, and the relationship between them created the Church and ensure its continued existence. OF INTEREST TO: students of Christian philosophy

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What is religion?
Theology progressive
The true object and use of Creeds Triumphant hymns of faith
Progress of religious knowledge The doctrine of development
Yet forms nonessential
The letter and the spirit in common life

Variety in the Bible as contrasted with the Koran
Example of Pearson on the Creed Of Harmonies of the Gospels
Contrast between Mohammedanism and Christianity
Recapitulation of previous Lectures
It is a family and a kingdom
Argument from Church history
Advantage of ancient over modern forms of worship in respect
Responsibility of freedom
The Church reconstituted at the Restoration not on national
The best basis of Christian union will be found in association
The growth in Oxford of a sense of responsibility for lessfavoured

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Page 76 - For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: but he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
Page 115 - For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till He come.
Page vi - I direct and appoint, that the eight Divinity Lecture Sermons shall be preached upon either of the following Subjects — to confirm and establish the Christian Faith, and to confute all heretics and schismatics — upon the divine authority of the holy Scriptures — upon the authority of the writings of the primitive Fathers, as to the faith and practice of the primitive Church — upon the Divinity of our Lord and Saviour Jesns Christ — upon the Divinity of the Holy Ghost — upon the Articles...
Page 8 - God. For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
Page 94 - THE visible Church of Christ is a congregation of faithful men, in the which the pure Word of God is preached, and the Sacraments be duly ministered according to Christ's ordinance, in all those things that of necessity are requisite to the same.
Page 4 - Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
Page 37 - Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne ; he seeing this before, spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
Page 7 - And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?

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