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of fact renders the system indistinguish

able in its practical workings from a pure Mie

democracy, it never seems to have so suggested itself to its founder, nor did he ever advocate or teach it on that basis. What he was seeking for, first of all, last of all, in all, through all, and over all, was a thorough reformation of church life in

the interests of vital godliness. And he On the whole there is a refreshing fair- and his system are entitled in fairness to ness in the statements herein made in re- claim that this be remembered by all who, gard to the Puritans and Puritanism, al- undertaking to instruct their fellow-men, though Canon Barry is evidently una

do not wish to bear false witness against ware of the real motive which lay at the

their neighbors. [E. P. Dutton & Co. basis, and became the mainspring, of $2.00.] 1878. Brownism, and Barrowism, and Independency. He is quite right in declaring that the Puritan movement was, “before all, and after all else, Calviuistic,” but he is wrong in fancying that it was the "iberty of self-government that those men were in search of. It has always been represented that Robert Browne went out of all existing organisms into separatism, that he might realize some dream of denocracy in church. There was never a reater mistake. What he went out into he wilderness to see was not a free church, hut à pure church. He had vainly tried,

til he was in utter despair of success, secure purity in the church, on the

Gift of Church of England system. Nor could

town With E. Caféw he discern the slightest hope of relief from Cartwright, with his Presbyterian plan,

ght all the way from Geneva, but su retaining the old fatal State church seatre. Browne felt that a State church, into which all the people should be born, w. uld offer just as real impediment to the pure gospel, if it were Presbyterian in form, as if it were Episcopalian in form; and so he saw no way or hope of proggress by waiting for others, and therefore cut the knot by declaring that any little company of regenerate people anywhere can make themselves a church by covenanting together in accordance with God's laws) to be one-whether others will hear or forbear. He never dreamed of democracy as being involved in his system. In his conception each local church is under the absolute monarchy of its great Head, Jesus Christ; and if the fact that that monarchy brings itself into contact with church affairs through each believer's being the channel for the

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THE

APOSTOLICAL

AND

PRIMITIVE CHURCH,

POPULAR IN ITS GOVERNMENT, AND SIMPLE

IN ITS WORSHIP.

BY

LYMAN COLEMAN, 1776-Y
AUTHOR OF " ANTIQUITIES OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH."

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59 WASHINGTON STREET.

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1844, by

GOULD, KENDALL & LINCOLN, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.

ANDOVER:
ALLEN, MORRILL AND WARDWELL,

PRINTERS.

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