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It is no objection then to the idea of an arbitrary authority , such as I am supposing
, that it lessens the task of personal inquiry , unless it be an objection to the
authority of Revelation altogether . A Church , or a Council , or a Pope , or a
The case then stands thus : — that Revelation has introduced a new law of divine
governance over and above those laws which appear in the natural course of the
world ; and henceforth our argument for a standing authority in matters of faith ...
to the authority of the Church in the questions and developments of faith , is , that
some authority there must be if there is a revelation , and other authority there is
none but she . In the words of St . Peter to her Divine Master and Lord , “ To ...
... pretending to impart authority to them : whereby they were enabled for
performance of divers things , which otherwise ... bishops to such a dependence
on them , whereby they did promote the papal authority in provinces , to the
... eloquent and nothing besides . Upon this , he did not know what to hold , and
was tempted to a general scepticism . At length he found he must be guided by
Authority ; then came the question , Which authority among so many teachers ?
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A prolific author, educator and priest, John Henry Newman sought to catalog, examine and improve knowledge and understanding of church doctrine. In this book, he delves deep into the past of the ... Read full review
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Amazing book. Life changing for me. Doctrine develops from ideas implicit in the life of the Christian community. The Church, like Mary, ponders the mystery of God through the ages, shedding light ... Read full review