Statement of The Difference on The Power of Civil Magistrates

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Welcome to the Still Waters Revival Books video book summary for “Statement of the Difference… Particularly on the Power of Civil Magistrates Respecting Religion, National Reformation, National Churches, and National Covenants” (1871) by Thomas M’Crie

“The ablest exposition in the English language of the Establishment Principle… Dr. (George) Smeaton describes the Statement as a masterly defense of the principles of establishments as Scripture truth: and the most complete vindication ever given to the world of the position occupied by the Reformed Church of Scotland, on the whole subject of national religion and the magistrates legitimate power in promoting it.

‘The same thoroughness,’ wrote the late Rev. D. Beaton,’which gave such abiding value to his great biography of Knox, is shown in this, his less known work… Dr. McCrie in his Statement shows that all the Confessions of the Protestant and Presbyterian Churches of the Reformation, both in Britain and on the Continent of Europe, held and maintained the Establishment Principle. ‘These harmoniously agree,’ he writes, ‘in declaring as with one mouth that civil authority is not limited to the secular affairs of men, and that the public care and advancement of religion is a principle part of the official duty of magistrates.’

He goes on to give extracts from The Confession of Helvetia; The Confession of Bohemia; The Confession of Saxony; The French Confession; The Belgic or Dutch Confession; The Confession of the English Congregation in Geneva; The Scots Confession and The Westminster Confession of Faith.

‘Such is the harmony of doctrine in the Protestant churches on this head,’ he remarks,’expressed in their confessions and public formularies drawn from the Word of God; a harmony which deserves great attention, and from which none should rashly depart'” (as cited in “Christ’s Kingship Over the Nations” by C.J. Brown).

Concerning the doctrine of national obedience to Christ, M’Crie demonstrates in the most convincing way that there are few doctrines “of the practical kind, in which the best interests of mankind and the general state of religion in the world, are more deeply concerned, than in the right and wrong determination of this question.”

Contains an excellent preface by George Smeaton.

Considered one of the definitive works on Church/State relations, defending the historic Reformed position.

An extremely rare and very expensive item if located as a rare book.


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