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FREEDOM IN THE CHURCH

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THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST

AS THE LORD HATH COMMANDED, AND AS
THIS CHURCH HATH RECEIVED THE

SAME ACCORDING TO THE

COMMANDMENTS OF GOD

BY

ALEXANDER V. G. ALLEN

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PROFESSOR IN THE EPISCOPAL THEOLOGICAL SCHOOL IN CAMBRIDGE;
D.D. KENYON, harvard, aND YALE; AUTHOR OF CONTINUITY
OF CHRISTIAN THOUGHT ; CHRISTIAN INSTITUTIONS;
"LIFE OF JONATHAN EDWARDS"; "LIFE OF

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PHILLIPS BROOKS ; ETC.

New York

THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

LONDON: MACMILLAN & CO., LTD.

1907

All rights reserved

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PREFACE

THE situation in the American Episcopal Church calls for serious consideration in the interests of theology and of true religion. There are many issues at stake. Honesty in the recitation of the Creed is by no means the only question. Deeper motives lie beneath the present disturbance than can be measured by the uncritical observer. No amount of practice in ethical theorizing qualifies for judgment on the complicated issues of religion. For religion constitutes a department of life by itself, independent of science, or ethics, or philosophy. There is danger that the cause of religious freedom and of freedom of inquiry in theology may be retarded indefinitely unless the emphasis be again placed upon freedom, the one predominant motive of the Reformation in the sixteenth century which gave us the Book of Common Prayer. The desire for freedom, the determination to guard the liberty of both

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