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If we reduce religion , " he says , “ to a purely religious sentiment . . . it appears
evident that it must and ought to remain a purely personal concern . But I am
either strangely mistaken , or this religious sentiment is not the complete
expression of ...
When thus brought back to its true elements , to its essential nature , religion
appears no longer a purely personal concern , but a powerful and fruitful
principle of association . It is considered in the light of a system of belief , a
system of ...
... must be left ; nor , when so many and such great men are in controversy on the
subject , must judgment be rashly and audaciously given on either side , lest the
consequence be either anile superstition or the overthrow of all religion .
mere irrational faith ; - a religion which impresses on the serious mind very
distressing views of the guilt and consequences of sin , sets upon the minute acts
of the day , one by one , their definite value for praise or blame , and thus casts a
of darkness , and a pollution calling down upon the land the anger of heaven ; —
a religion which they associate with intrigue and conspiracy , which they speak
about in whispers , which they detect by anticipation in whatever goes wrong ...
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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