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Book Of Christian Discipline Of The Religious Society Of Friends In Great Britain
by Various
Binding: Paperback, 388 pages
Publisher: Gardiner Press
Weight: 1.15 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 8.5 x W: 0.48 inches
ISBN 10: 1406724378
ISBN 13: 9781406724370
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BOOK OF CHRISTIAN DISCIPLINE OF THE SOCIETY OF FRIENDS. FROM THE YEARLY MEETING S EPISTLE, 1883. PREFACE. The revision of our Book of Discipline, which embodies declara tions and regulations issued under the sanction of this Meeting at various times during a period of upwards of two centuries, as regards the Doctrine, Practice, and Church Government of our religious Society, has claimed our close attention. We have with gratitude to acknowledge the help mercifully afforded throughout these deliberations, which have tended yet more closely to unite us in the precious bond of the Saviour s love and peace. We have been afresh impressed with the value and importance of our Christian profession, and of our general system of Church Government under the Headship of Christ, and we take this opportunity of commending them to the loyal attachment of our various members. To bear witness by practice, as well as by profession, to righteousness and true holiness, as necessary fruits of faith in our Lord and Saviour, is one of the great duties of the Christian Church. This important truth, our religious Society has, from an early period of its history, earnestly endeavoured to uphold evidence of which will be found in the ensuing pages, consisting of statements of Christian doctrine and counsel, as well as of regulations for the maintenance of good order, adopted from time to time by the Yearly Meeting, as the representative body of the Society. From the year 1672, down to 1781, the Minutes of the Yearly Meeting, in relation to these subjects, were preserved and .circulated in manuscript each Monthly or Quarterly Meeting being expected to make provision for the supply of copies for the use of its ownmembers. In the year 1781, the Meeting for Sufferings, by direction of the Yearly Meeting, prepared a digest of the regulations and advices issued up to that period. This was afterwards carefully revised, and quot compared with the original records,quot by a large committee appointed by the Yearly Meeting to unite with the Meeting for Sufferings in the service and, having been submitted to the Yearly Meeting of 1782, was soon afterwards published, as approved by that Meeting, under the title of Extracts from the Minutes and Advices of the Yearly Meeting of Friends held in London from its first institution. This volume had been in circulation about eighteen years, when the Yearly Meeting recommended the Quarterly Meetings to send representatives to London to join the Meeting for Sufferings in revising the whole, and pre paring a new Edition. In proceeding with this work, was found expedient to omit several advices which stood in the First Edition chiefly because there were others under the same head of equal or superior pertinency or because, in a few instances, it seemed eligible to exchange them for others issued since the printing of the Book of Extracts and there was a considerable abridgment of some of those which remained. Some change was also made in the general arrangement of the contents. The volume,, thus revised, was adopted by the Yearly Meeting of 1801, and published in 1802. A Third and enlarged Edition, after undergoing a similar course of revision, was issued by direction of the Yearly Meeting in the year 1834, under the title of quot quot it Eules of Discipline of the Keligious Society of Friends, with Advices, being Extracts from the Minutes and Epistles of their Yearly Meeting held in London, from its first institution. A Supplement to this volume appeared in 1849...

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