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HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF ONTOLOGICAL

SCIENCE,
PREPARATORY TO A CRITIQUE OF PURE BEING.

CHAPTER VI.

CHURCH ESTABLISHMENTS.

The Rev. George Waddington, in his popular History of the Church,* seems to have plumed himself much upon the discovery of a mare's-nest. He sought to show, for the benefit of all concerned, One—(mark One --so that the extent of the testimony may be appreciated-one exception going, as we all know, to disprove a rule !)–One Church among the Primitive Churches ordered by other discipline than the episcopal. And which was that church? The Corinthian !- the one of all others famous for its dissensions. But was the Corinthian Church even so ordered? Our historian's proofs are of the slightest kind-they are derived from the circumstance of St. Clement's epistle being “written in the name of the Church sojourning at Rome,' not in that of the Roman Bishop; that its character is of exhortation, and not of authority; that it is an answer to a communication originally made by the Church of Corinth.” For these notable reasons Mr. Waddington thought himself entitled to add—“ The episcopal government was clearly not yet here established; probably as being adverse to the republican spirit of Greece.” The insufficiency of this statement, even to support conjecture, is apparent enough. The One exception, then, is doubtful-yet in a subsequent part of the book it is multiplied to Two. “ As the Apostles were gradually withdrawn, it is certain that

* Published under the superintendence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. London: Baldwin and Cradock, Paternoster Row. 1833.

N. S.—YOL. VI.

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