Skip to comments.The Rev. Peter Toon: "Doctrine as Doxology"--on the 39 Articles
Posted on 03/07/2006 7:33:15 PM PST by sionnsar
Thanks to the Prayer Book Society of the USA, we have Doctrine as Doxology, a 44-page booklet in PDF format, by the Rev. Peter Toon, for our edification. This booklet is compiled from a series of four lectures given by Fr. Toon at a conference near Seattle this past week. It is subtitled "THE THIRTY-NINE ARTICLES OF RELIGION of THE ANGLICAN WAY as a CONFESSION OF FAITH in close relation to THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER & THE ORDINAL," and covers these topics:
1. Yesterday's Statement & Today's Truth
2. The Blessed, Holy and Undivided Trinity
3. Jesus Christ, One Person made known in Two Natures
4. One Canon & Two Testaments: The Word of God written
While this series by no means covers the entirety of the Thirty-Nine Articles, it is a good introduction to the first portion of the Articles, and (I may be prejudiced since I am partial to the Articles) in my opinion is one of the best things Fr. Toon has written. I would be really pleased if he would eventually expand this into a book on the Articles in their entirety!
Here are my favorites:
XIX. Of the Church.
...As the Church of Jerusalem, Alexandria, and Antioch have erred: so also the Church of Rome hath erred, not only in their living and manner of ceremonies, but also in matters of faith.
XXI. Of the authority of General Councils.
GENERAL Councils may not be gathered together without the commandment and will of princes. And when they be gathered together, forasmuch as they be an assembly of men, whereof all be not governed with the Spirit and word of God, they may err and sometime have erred, even in things pertaining to God. Wherefore things ordained by them as necessary to salvation have neither strength nor authority, unless it may be declared that they be taken out of Holy Scripture.
XXVIII. Of the Lord's Supper.
Transubstantiation (or the change of the substance of bread and wine) in the Supper of the Lord, cannot be proved by Holy Writ, but is repugnant to the plain words of Scripture, overthroweth the nature of a Sacrament, and hath given occasion to many superstitions.
The body of Christ is given, taken, and eaten in the Supper, only after an heavenly and spiritual manner. And the mean whereby the body of Christ is received and eaten in the Supper is Faith.
The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was not by Christ's ordinance reserved, carried about, lifted up, or worshipped.
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