THE CHRISTIAN LIFE;ITS COURSE, ITS HINDRANCES,AND ITS HELPS.BYTHOMAS ARNOLD, D.D.,HEAD MASTER OF RUGBY SCHOOL,AND LATE FELLOW OF ORIEL COLLEGE, OXFORD
.From the Fifth London Edition.1856."As far as the principle on which Archbishop Laud and hisfollowers acted went to re-actuate the idea of the church, asa co-ordinate and living power by right of Christ'sinstitution and express promise, I go along with them; but Isoon discover that by the church they meant the clergy, thehierarchy exclusively, and then I fly off from them ina tangent."For it is this very interpretation of the church, that,according to my conviction, constituted the first andfundamental apostasy; and I hold it for one of the greatestmistakes of our polemical divines, in their controversieswith the Romanists, that they trace all the corruptions of the gospel faith to the Papacy."--COLERIDGE,_Literary Remains_, vol. iii. p. 386.CONTENTS.INTRODUCTION.LECTURE I.