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... pretensions. Their very boldness and magnitude are well
calculated to awe and fascinate the minds of the unsophisticated.
"As," says Mr. Gladstone, "advertising houses find custom in
proportion, not so much to the solidity of their resources, as to
the magniloquence of their promises and assurances, so theological
boldness in the extension of such claims is sure to pay, by
widening certain circles of devoted adherents, however it may repel
the mass of mankind." There are, however, unanswerable objections
to the Roman claims, a full consideration of which will require a
separate lecture.t For the present it must suffice simply to
observe that they were unknown in the earliest and purest ages of
the Church. The peculiar position of Rome as the chief city of the
world early tended to the undue exaltation of her Bishops or Popes,
but they are on record as repudiating any exclusive right or claim
to lordship over other Bishops and Churches. Even so late and great
a Pope as Gregory I., Bishop of Rome from A.d. 590 to A.d. 604,
rebuked John IV., Patriarch of Constantinople, who, it is
interesting to note, was the first to style himself the "Ecumenical
Patriarch" or "Universal Pope." "This title," wrote Gregory, "is
profane, superstitious, haughty, and invented by the first
apostate. St. Peter is not called universal Apostle. No one of my
predecessors ever consented to use so profane a title. Far from
Christian hearts be that blasphemous name. I confidently affirm
that he who calls himself, or wishes to be called, universal
Priest, is in his pride a forerunner of Antichrist." 2. A
satisfactory discussion of the Denominational conception of the
Church also will require a lecture devoted exclusively to its
consideration. What we say at this time must necessarily be pref...
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