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Assertion of the same writer that the ancient Fathers did not
believe the doctrine of the Trinity or the Deity of Christ was
plainly taught in Scripture ib.
The fidelity of the Prot. Ep. Church to the Primitive system. . ib.
Sparks' assertions. . ...... 34G
"charge of unprincipled hypocrisy against all the
Protestant clergy of his own day. tb.
and on the inspiration of the Evangelists. . . . . 378—9
Professor Norton's argument against the Deity of Christ, derived from
The substantial accordance of all Trinitarians, tn their explanation of th«
John Ix. 39.
It was a weighty assertion of the great Apostle of the Gentiles, my brethren, that, 'with the heart, man believeth unto righteousness, but with, the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.' And so highly does the Church esteem this confession of belief, that she has appointed a form of sound words, called the Creed, for the express purpose of engaging the hearts and the lips of all her children, in the constant acknowledgment of the great principles of the Gospel.
The origin of this comprehensive and admirable formulary, called the Apostles' Creed, is so ancient, that it may be found substantially in the earliest records of the Christian faith ; and there can be no doubt that it was in use soon after the Apostolic, age, amongst those who derived it from the custom of the first churches. Some similar exposition of Divine truth is supposed to have been referred to by St. Paul, where he saith to Timothy, 'Hold fast the form of sound words which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love, which is in Christ Jesus;' and many believe, not without reason, that this is the precise form or summary of the faith, which was left to the Church of Rome, by the Apostles Peter and Paul.
Belonging, as we have the happiness to do, my brethren, to a Church which traces her doctrine, her government, and her forms, to the earliest and purest days of Christianity,