Discussions on Church Principles; Popish, Erastian, and Presbyterian

9780217200059: Discussions on Church Principles; Popish, Erastian, and Presbyterian

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1863. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... the congregation must be informed of it, and must have an opportunity of giving in objections; but that the church courts, if they think the reasons of objection ill-founded, are entitled to intrude ministers upon reclaiming congregations; while we maintain that, under these provisions, the refusal of the consent, or the positive dissent of the congregation, was a conclusive bar to the settlement. Now, here we may observe, that a very great antecedent improbability attaches to the notion that the Second Book of Discipline gives to the people only a right of stating objections of which another party is to judge. The First Book of Discipline gave them the right of election. We know of no ground for believing that in the interval there was any material change of sentiment in the church on this point; and, therefore, even if we were forced to admit that the Second Book took away from them the initiative, we would naturally expect that it would still leave them the right of giving or withholding their consent. We never could suppose, without very conclusive evidence, that the church would sink so rapidly from the high Protestant principle of the right of the people to choose their own ministers, down to the lowest depths of Popery and Moderatism, and give them only a right of objecting on cause shown. When the Second Book holds up the standard of the apostolic and primitive kirk, and denounces so strongly the corruptions introduced on this subject by Antichrist, it is surely in the highest degree improbable that it should give the people no higher rights than what Mr Robertson concedes to them, and what no Papist has ever in theory denied to them. Our opponents, indeed, sometimes speak as if there was something so essentially absurd about our views that they should n...

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William Cunningham is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Minnesota where he taught for 36 years in the Departments of Botany and Genetics and Cell Biology as well as the Conservation Biology Program, the Institute for Social, Economic, and Ecological Sustainability, the Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership, and the McArthur Program in Global Change. He received his Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Texas in 1963 and spent two years at Purdue University as a postdoctoral fellow. At various times, he has been a visiting scholar in Sweden, Norway, Indonesia, and China, as well as several universities and research institutions in the United States.
Dr. Cunningham has devoted himself to education and teaching development at the undergraduate level in biology. He began his educational career in structural biology but for the last 10-15 years has concentrated on environmental science, teaching courses such as Social Uses of Biology; Garbage, Government, and the Globe; Environmental Ethics; and Conservation History. Within the past four years, he has received both of the two highest teaching honors that the University of Minnesota bestows -- The Distinguished Teaching Award and a $15,000 Amoco Alumni Award. He has served as a Faculty Mentor for younger faculty at the university, sharing the knowledge and teaching skills that he has gained during his distinguished career.

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