Excerpt: ...He did not like what seemed to him an attack of
Sheffield's upon the Church of England; and, besides, he began to
feel uncomfortable misgivings and doubts whether that attack was
not well founded, to which he did not like to be exposed.
Accordingly he kept silence, and, after a short interval, attempted
to change the subject; but Sheffield's hand was in, and he would
not be balked; so he presently began again. "I have been speaking,"
he said, "of the liberal section of our Church. There are four
parties in the Church. Of these the old Tory, or country party,
which is out-and-out the largest, has no opinion at all, but merely
takes up the theology or no-theology of the day, and cannot
properly be said to 'hold' what the Creed calls 'the Catholic
faith.' It does not deny it; it may not knowingly disbelieve it;
but it gives no signs of actually holding it, beyond the fact that
it treats it with respect. I will venture to say, that not a
country parson of them all, from year's end to year's end, makes
once a year what Catholics call 'an act of faith' in that special
and very distinctive mystery contained in the clauses of the
Athanasian Creed." Then, seeing Charles looked rather hurt, he
added, "I am not speaking of any particular clergyman here or
there, but of the great majority of them. After the Tory party
comes the Liberal; which also dislikes the Athanasian Creed, as I
have said. Thirdly, as to the Evangelical; I know you have one of
the Nos. of the 'Tracts for the Times' about objective faith. Now
that tract seems to prove that the Evangelical party 216 is
implicitly Sabellian, and is tending to avow that belief. This too
has been already the actual course of Evangelical doctrine both on
the Continent and in America. The Protestants of Geneva, Holland,
Ulster, and Boston have all, I believe, become Unitarians, or the
like. Dr. Adam Clarke too, the celebrated Wesleyan, held the
distinguishing Sabellian tenet, as Doddridge is said to have
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