Imágenes de páginas
PDF
EPUB
[ocr errors]

brown

DOCTRINAL ERRORS

OF

THE APOSTOLICAL AND EARLY

FATHERS:

I HAD RATHER TRUST TO THE SHADOW OF THE CHURCH WHICH THE
SCRIPTURE TEACHES, THAN TO ALL THE MEN'S WRITINGS SINCE THE DAYS OF
POLYCARP."

BISHOP HOOPER.

[merged small][merged small][ocr errors][merged small][merged small]

LONDON:
HAMILTON, ADAMS, AND CO.,
HATCHARD AND SON, AND SEELEY AND SON;

AND

J. Y. KNIGHT, LEEDS.

1835.

BT25 07

37689

A. PICKARD, PRINTER, LEEDS.

PREFACE.

It has been very common with writers on divinity to deal tenderly with the errors of the early Christian fathers, and much might with propriety be urged in justification of the practice. There is that also, in the nature of past controversies, which will satisfactorily account for it. But, it cannot be concealed, that this forbearance of the Protestant divines is now taken advantage of by the Roman Catholics, and those who agree with them on the subject of the unwritten tradition of the church, and that it occasions considerable difficulty and inconvenience.

The following work is composed under a sense of this difficulty. The author began to peruse the writings of the early fathers with considerable doubt and hesitation, as to the mode in which their tradition ought to be received. And it occurred to him long before he had completed his undertaking, that a faithful exposure of their mistakes might subserve an useful purpose in the cause of Christianity.

As neither the author's time, nor his opportunities of

« AnteriorContinuar »