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The Novelties Which Disturb Our Peace


The Novelties Which Disturb Our Peace

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    John Henry Hopkins
Excerpt from book: iishops shall have spoken distinctly, we shall find this agitation gradually subside. I do it as a lover of peace and unity, as a friend to the Reformation, and as an uncompromising adversary to every form and shape of Romanism. I do it as a brother, addressing brethren, without fear of being misapprehended by those who understand, with Jerome, that " wherever there is a bishop, whether at Rome or at Eugubium, he is of the same excellency, of the same episcopate. The power of wealth, or the lowliness of poverty does not make a bishop either less or greater," And I do it in this particular form, on purpose to express the more plainly, that I hold myself under correction, especially from each and all of my brethren in the episcopate, if any thing which I conceive it my duty to say, should seem to their better judgments, unsound or objectionable. My design is to set forth, distinctly, my own position, as one of the college of bishops, (although, it may be, the least,) in reference to those important topics in which innovation is beginning to be manifest: on the admitted maxim, Obsta principiis. The first subject which I shall present is lhat of Lay Baptism, inasmuch as the novel practice of re-baptizing those who have received baptism at the hands of our non-episcopal brethren, is openly defended and is on the increase. My motives for placing this matter at the commencement, have arisen out of my official sphere of duty. The public allowance of re-baptization in the case of some students of the General Seminary in A. D. 1841, has given me trouble in my own diocese. Bound, as I conceive, by the strongest ecclesiastical arguments, to deny the lawfulness of such re-baptization, I have promised to publish my reasons : and I address them to you with the desire, that when the next Gener...  
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