Orthodoxy: Its Truth and Errors

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American Unitarian association, 1890 - 512 pages
 

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Contents

Importance of this Distinction
15
The Orthodox and Liberal Parties in New England
17
CHAPTER II
19
Orthodoxy assumed to be the Belief of the Majority
20
The Doctrine of Essentials and Nonessentials leads to Rome
22
Fallacy in this Orthodox Argument
23
The three Tendencies in the Church
26
The Party of Works
28
The Party of Emotion in Christianity
30
The Faith Party in Religion
31
Error in the Orthodox Principle
35
Faith Knowledge Belief Opinion
37
CHAPTER III
43
The Creation Supernatural
44
The Question stated
45
Supernatural Argument from Human Freedom
47
Supernatural Events not necessarily Violations of Law
48
Life and History contain Supernatural Events
50
No Conflict between Naturalism and Supernaturalism
51
Further Errors of Orthodox Supernaturalism Gulf between Chris tianity and all other Religions
54
Christianity considered unnatural as well as supernatural by being made hostile to the Nature of Man
57
TRUTHS AND ERRORS AS REGARDS MIRACLES 1 The Subject stated Four Questions concerning Miracles
58
The different Explanations of the Miracles of the Bible
61
Criticism on these Different Views of Miracles
66
Miracles no Proof of Christianity
68
But Orthodoxy is right in maintaining their Reality as Historic Facts
74
Analogy with other similar Events recorded in History
76
Miracle of the Resurrection Sceptical Objections
80
Final Result of this Examination
85
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87
The Difficulty Antiquity of the World and Age of Mankind 39
89
Basis of the Orthodox Theory of Inspiration
94
Inspiration in general or Natural Inspiration
98
Christian or Supernatural Inspiration
101
Inspiration of the Scriptures especially of the New Testament Scriptures
106
Authority of the Scriptures
112
The Christian Prepossession
122
CHAPTER VI
130
Orthodox and Liberal View of Man as morally diseased or other wise
133
Sin as Disease
134
Doctrine of the Fall in Adam and Natural Depravity their Truth and Error
136
1221
141
Orthodox View of Total Depravity and Inability
146
Proof Texts
147
Truth in the Doctrine of Total Depravity
152
Ability and Inability
158
Orthodox Doctrine of Inability 103
163
Some further Features of Orthodox Theology concerning human Sinfulness
166
CHAPTER VII
174
Crisis and Development
175
Nature of the Change
176
Its Reality and Importance
177
Is it the Work of Go or of the Man himself? Orthodox Difficulty
178
Men may be divided religiousl nto three Classes not two
179
Difference between Conversion and Regeneration
181
Unsatisfactory Attitude of the Orthodox Church
182
The Essential Thing for Man is to repent and be converted that is to make it his Purpose to obey God in all Things
185
Regeneration is Gods Work in the Soul Examination of the Clas sical Passage or Conversation of Jesus with Nicodemus
186
Necd of Justification for the Conscience
216
Reaction of Sin on the Soul
218
Different Methods of obtaining Forgiveness
220
Method in Christianity
222
Result
224
Its History in the Church
225
Orthodox Errors at the present Time in Regard to Justification by Faith
228
Errors of Liberal Christians
231
CHAPTER X
235
Great Importance attributed to this Doctrine
237
Stress laid on the Death of Jesus in the Scripture
238
Difficulty in interpreting these Scripture Passages
239
Theological Theories based on the Figurative Language of the New Testament
240
The three principal Views of the Atonement warlike legal and governmental
242
Impression made by Christs Death on the Minds of his Disciples First Theory on the Subject in the Epistle to the Hebrews
243
Value of Suffering as a Means of Education
245
How the Death of Jesus brings Men to God
247
This Law of Vicarious Suffering universal
251
This Law illustrated from History in the Death of Socrates Joan of Arc Savonarola and Abraham Lincoln
254
Dr Bushnells View of the Atonement
259
Results of this Discussion
260
CHAPTER XI
266
Scripture Basis for this Doctrine
269
Relation of the Divine Decree to Human Freedom
271
History of the Doctrine of Election and Predestination
272
Election is to Work and Opportunity here not to Heaven hereafter How Jacob was elected and how the Jews were a Chosen Peo
276
Other Illustrations of Individual Calling and Election
282
ple 270
317
CHAPTER XIII
324
Pauls View of the Judgment by Christ
347
CHAPTER XIV
352
The Doctrine of Everlasting Punishment as held by the Orthodox at the Present Time
353
Apparent Contradictions both in Scripture and Reason in Regard to this Doctrine
362
Everlasting Punishment limits the Sovereignty of God
366
Everlasting Punishment contradicts the Fatherly Love of God
367
Attempts to modify and soften the Doctrine of Everlasting Punish ment
371
The meaning of Eternal Punishment in Scripture
375
How Judgment by Christ is connected with Punishment
382
The Doctrine of Annihilation
385
The Doctrine of Universal Restoration
386
CHAPTER XV
391
Orthodox Doctrine of the Church Roman Catholic and High Church
393
The Protestant Orthodox Idea of the Church
396
Christs Idea of a Church or the Kingdom of Heaven
399
Church of the Leaven or the Invisible Church
403
The Church of the Mustardseed
405
Primitive and Apostolic Church or Church as it was
406
The Actual Church or Church as it is
410
The Church Ideal or Church as it ought to be
417
The Church Possible or Church as it can be
419
CHAPTER XVI
423
History of the Doctrine
426
Errors in the Church Doctrine of the Trinity
428
The Trinity of Manifestations founded in the Truth of Things
432
It is in Harmony with Scripture
434
Practical Value of the Trinity when rightly understood
436
CRITICAL NOTICES
441

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