The Influence of Greek Ideas and Usages Upon the Christian Church

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Williams and Norgate, 1892 - Church history - 359 pages

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One of the most valuable books a serious Bible researcher will ever possess. I pull from its contents all of the time because of my interest in how metaphysical theology has controled so much of our thinking about many Bible verses concerning the nature of God and "God IN Christ."
It is a difficult work to read because it uses the language of philosophy which is as foreign to most people's thinking as some foreign language which they have not studied. If you take the time to develop your knowledge base in careful reading, you will be eternally grateful. It is worth the effort. It has a Four-star rating PLUS in my experience and it will NEVER leave my library.


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Page 168 - For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Page 251 - We thank thee, holy Father, for thy holy name, which thou hast caused to dwell in our hearts, and for the knowledge and faith and immortality which thou hast made known to us through Jesus thy servant ; to thee be the glory forever.
Page 1 - IT is impossible for any one, whether he be a student of history or no, to fail to notice a difference of both form and content between the Sermon on the Mount and the Nicene Creed. The Sermon on the Mount is the promulgation of a new law of conduct ; it assumes beliefs rather than formulates them ; the theological conceptions which underlie it belong to the ethical rather than the speculative side of theology; metaphysics are wholly absent. The Nicene Creed is a statement partly of historical facts...
Page 300 - We thank thee, our Father, for the holy vine of David thy servant, which thou hast made known to us through Jesus thy servant ; to thee be the glory forever.
Page 235 - It comes into this world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of its previous life. Its place in this world as a vessel appointed to honour or to dishonour is determined by its previous merits or demerits. Its work in this world determines its place in the world which is to follow this.
Page 353 - For though you may believe that I am but a dreamer of dreams, I seem to see, though it be on the far horizon — the horizon beyond the fields which either we or our children will tread — a Christianity which is not new but old, which is not old but new, a Christianity in which the moral and spiritual elements will again hold their place, in which men will be bound together by the bond of mutual...
Page 78 - For who that has understanding will suppose that the first, and second, and third day, and the evening and the morning, existed without a sun, and moon, and stars ? and that the first day was, as it were, also without a sky ? And who is so foolish as to suppose that God, after the manner of a husbandman, planted a paradise in...
Page 304 - I am guided to the contemplation of the other sacred things. (The ritual is then described. The sacred bread and the cup of blessing are placed upon the altar.) Then the sacred hierarch initiates the sacred prayer and announces to all the holy peace, and after all have saluted each other, the mystic recital of the sacred lists is completed. The hierarch and the priests wash their hands in water; he stands in the midst of the divine altar, and around him stand the priests and the chosen ministers...
Page 106 - ... no prophecy ever came by the will of man, but men spake from God, being moved by the Holy Ghost.
Page 80 - My soul breaketh out for the very fervent desire : that it hath alway unto thy judgements. 21 Thou hast rebuked the proud : and cursed are they that do err from thy commandments.

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