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It is the rule of creation , or rather of the phenomena which it presents , that life
passes on to its termination by a gradual , imperceptible course of change . There
is ever a maximum in earthly excellence , and the operation of the same causes ...
Revolutions are generally violent and swift ; now , in fact , they are the course of a
corruption . The course of heresies is always short : it is an intermediate state
between life and death , or what is like death ; or , if it does not result in death , it
Such is Christianity ; and whatever has been said in the last Chapter about the
development of ideas generally , becomes of course an antecedent argument for
its progressive development . It may be objected that inspired documents , such o
racter by the gradual gaining of knowledge and experience , and by a long
course of action . Our existence is not only successive , as it must be of necessity
, but one state of our life and being is appointed by God to be a preparation for ...
and divertions made at random , according to accident or the caprice of
individuals ; whereas , if they really deserve the name , they must be conducted
all along on definite and continuous principles , which determine their course .
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - StFrancisofAssisi - LibraryThing
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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DrArmitage - LibraryThing
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