The works of Orestes A. Brownson Volume 7

9780217137799: The works of Orestes A. Brownson Volume 7
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1884 Excerpt: ... DERBY'S LETTERS TO HIS SON. From Brownson's Quarterly Review for 1S56-7. ARTICLE L Mr. E. H. Derby is a lawyer in Boston, and a respectable man, but better known as a railroad financier than as a theologian. What is his religion we do not know, and perhaps he does not know himself, any further than that it is not Catholic. The occasion of writing his Letters, he explains in his Introduction, which we copy entire. "These letters were written by a member of the legal profession, in active practice, to a young kinsman. "This youth at the age of seventeen, after evincing much industry and talent as a student, had become deeply interested in religious subjects. Misled by the statements in Milner's End of Controversy and other Roman Catholic works, he suddenly conceived the idea that the church of Rome was the only primitive, apostolic, and Catholic church, and apprised the author that he should, in his next vacation apply to a Roman Catholic Bishop for baptism. As the case required prompt action, the author immediately wrote a scries of letters to dissuade him from his purpose. "He resorted not to modern casuists, but to the fountainheads. and tested the claims and faith of the church of Rome, not by the writings of its opponents, but by those authorities on which that church relies, namely, those early saints, fathers, and popes, Augustine, Clement, IreMeus, Ambrose, Chrysostom, Eusebius, Jerome, Athanasius, Leo, and others revered by the church itself, and, in many instances, inscribed on its tree of saints and martyrs. He also drew his illustrations from scripture, history, and books of travels. "The letters having convinced his kinsman, he has been led by the solicitation of friends and clergymen, to complete the series of letters and to place them before th...

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