J.A. Wylie Book I. History of the Papacy. Chapter V. Foundation and Extent of the Supremacy. This is the favourable point for taking a view of the character of the Papacy,–its lofty pretensions and claims, and the foundation on which all these are based. The conflict waged by the seventh Gregory, and which ended in… Read More 5. Foundation and Extent of the Supremacy
J.A. Wylie Book I. History of the Papacy. Chapter IV. Progress of the Temporal Sovereignty. We left the Papacy, at the opening of the ninth century, reposing beneath the shadow of the Carlovingian monarchy. One grand stage in its progress had been accomplished. The battle for the temporal sovereignty had been fought and won. A… Read More 4. Progress of the Temporal Sovereignty
J.A. Wylie Book I. History of the Papacy. Chapter III. Rise of the Temporal Sovereignty. Over the abyss in which the Roman empire of the west had been engulfed there now floated the portentous form of the Papacy. If the idolatrous nations, in their victorious march from the Upper Danube to southern Europe, had not… Read More 3. Rise of the Temporal Sovereignty
J.A. Wylie Book I. History of the Papacy. Chapter II. Rise and Progress of Ecclesiastical Supremacy. The first pastors of the Roman Church aspired to no rank above their brethren. The labours in which they occupied themselves were the same as those of the ordinary ministers of the gospel. As pastors, they watched with affectionate… Read More 2. Rise and Progress of Ecclesiastical Supremacy
J.A. Wylie Book I. History of the Papacy. Chapter I. Origin of the Papacy. The Papacy, next to Christianity, is the great fact of the modern world. Of the two, the former, unhappily, has proved in some respects the more powerful spring in human affairs, and has acted the more public part on the stage… Read More 1. The Origin of the Papacy
This article is a synopsis of the second book in “A Treatise Concerning the Right Use of the Fathers” by Jean Daillé (1594-1670). Click here to read Part 1: The Relevance of the Church Fathers Today. The primary question Daillé’s second book addresses is “Whether adducing the Fathers be a sufficient and proper means for demonstrating the… Read More The Authority of the Early Church Fathers
The early church fathers are highly respected by all Christian groups that are serious about the historical roots of their faith. Their writings are appealed to by Protestants and Roman Catholics alike to support their dogmatic and ecclesiastical beliefs and practices. However, it is easy to make too much out of them. This essay provides… Read More The Relevance of the Church Fathers Today
John Cameron An Examination Of Those Plausible Appearances Which Seem Most To Commend The Romish Church ch. 17. The only means to prove true antiquity is to have recourse to the beginning by the Scripture. Now that we allege St. Cyprian, it is not to authorize the truth, by the authority of men, only we borrow their… Read More True Antiquity: Scripture or Tradition?
“Why dost thou prepare thy teeth and belly? Believe, and thou hast eaten.” (Augustine, Tractate 25). Daniel Featley, Transubstantiation Exploded pp. 154-189. That the words of the institution, “This is my Body,” are to be taken in a tropical [from trope. Figurative; rhetorically changed from its proper or original sense] and figurative sense, is proved:… Read More “This Is My Body”: Literal or Figurative?