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THE

"DAMNATORY CLAUSES

OF THE

ATHANASIAN CREED.

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THE

DAMNATORY CLAUSES"

OF THE

ATHANASIAN CREED

RATIONALLY EXPLAINED

IN A LETTER

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THE RIGHT HON. W. E. GLADSTONE, M.P.

625

BY THE

REV. MALCOLM MACCOLL, M.A.

RECTOR OF ST. GEORGE, BOTOLPH LANE, WITH ST. BOTOLPH BY BILLINGSGATE

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DEAR MR. GLADSTONE,

The real points at issue in the controversy on the Athanasian Creed have been so overlaid with irrelevant matter that it is not easy for the public at large to understand the exact position of the question. No doubt the debate in the Lower House of Convocation is well calculated to clear away a cloud of misapprehensions and errors on the subject. But the meagre reports of the debate that have been published in the secular press are worse than useless for that purpose, and the one or two Church papers which have given full reports are read by a comparatively select portion of the community. Something is still needed to place the question in its true bearings before the public mind, and the lull that is likely to follow the recent somewhat stormy discussion seems to offer a favourable opportunity to anyone who will venture to make the attempt. A great deal has been done already in this way by Mr. Brewer; but his two able Essays are confined chiefly, though not entirely, to the historical aspect of the question, and are addressed rather to the learned than to the popular mind. There is still room for a popular exposition of the true import of the Creed -popular at least so far as this, that nothing more

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