The Grounds of Christianity Examined by Comparing The New Testament with the Old

BiblioBazaar, 2007 - 212 páginas
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By 2013 this book would have been 200 years old since its first publication in Boston, Massachusetts. For that reason, this book should be free of copyright by now and I actually found out that it has a free copy downloadable in pdf at Guttenberg Project Online.
I find Mr. English's presentation of his case as thouroughly biblical. For that reason I wonder why this book, though according to Wikipedia it made quiet a noise when it was first published, did not get traction among the wider Protestant churches in the U.S. The book earned, as expected angry rebuttal from the church establishment but my examination of this rebuttal suggest to me that critics failed to directly tackle the issues raised by Mr. English. What the critics did was to merely explain away the issues -- and in this regard they were successful as evidenced by the fact that Mr. English became a relative unknown to his generation and the generation immediately after him. That the book did not get a large following is defeaning considering that during his time, the U.S. was undergoing its Second Great Awakening -- period of spiritual revival characterized by a fervid efforts to return to the original faith of the early christians of the apostolic era. Men like the Alexander and Thomas Campbell must have read this book, but I have yet to discover their response to Mr. English.
The Rennaisance and the Enlightenment were not so much a revolt against the prevailing political, theological and social structural grip emanating from the the Middle Ages as it was a rediscovery by the learned men of Europe of the ancient writings of Aristotle, Plato and Socrates and of the bountiful intellectual energy that saw the glory of the Grecian civilization. And that the intellectuals of the Rennaisance and Enlightenment merely re-start the intellectual vigor that was their ancestors.
The glorious civilization of the Greeks was carried and spread by the Romans culminating into Romans' own grandeur. It was the creeping spread of Christianity that undo Rome's grandeur. Church apologists, from Augustine to the present-day Christian theologians, naturally dispute this, but an honest examination of the facts of history suggest that Christianity did much to weaken Rome. Gibbons in his classic The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire still speaks authoritatively and against the most determined church apologists.
It is important to note that Christianity may have played a role in taming the more brute side of European ancestors, but it cannot appropriate for itself the accolade of reviving Europe from Middle Age's infantile even fetishistic preoccupation with things "spiritual" and heavenly. Yes, the Middle Ages, under the patronship of the church, retarded European imagination of things earthly because for the church walks by faith and not by sight and that Christians should spend their whole life and resources towards the heavens where their real citizenship and country can be found. It is in the here after that the European imagination were bent into service. The here and now is a vice and a pride upon which the heavens cannot countenance.

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