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RISE AND PROGRESS, DOCTRINES, AND
EXTRACTS FROM THEIR OWN WRITERS.
T. H. USBORNE, ESQ.,
Author of 'The Magician Priest of Avignon; or, Popery in the
"Tales of the Braganza;' &c.
AND 70, EDGWARR ROAD (HANBURY AND Co., AGENTS).
RISE AND PROGRESS
What is Christianity? and why is that religion which Christ himself taught us, “ Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good-will towards men,” now torn and divided into so many furious sects and hostile parties ? is a question that may well be asked and as readily answered.
We are more fond of theology than of God. We are too prone to regard the authority of man rather than His Revealed Will. If in everything connected with religion we were strictly to confine ourselves to the study of the Bible, no differences of opinion could then exist between us—at least, if to that study we joined a humble and prayerful spirit; for that sacred volume, perused with any other feeling, is to us, as to the Jews of old,“ a stumbling-block, and unto the Greeks foolishness."
The whole doctrine of vital Christianity may be comprised in two parts : the one which teaches us