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Outline of an Elective Course of Study, Sociological Notes. Rev. Samuel W.
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Sociological Notes. Mr. D. Collin Wells.
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European Revolution has held the American or voluntary church theory, had qualified its subscription in more ways than one. It asked subscription to the Westminster creed and catechism on the understanding that the church “ did not approve of anything in these documents which teaches compulsory and intolerant principles in religion.” The intolerant passages referred to are those which the American Presbyterians cut out in revising the same confession in 1788, and they are now universally condemned. Even the Free Church, when it left the state in 1843, felt the pressure of them so far as to pass an act to disclaim “ intolerant or persecuting principles.” But it still maintained subscription to the unchanged confession. And the form of subscription in it and in the Established Church alike was still the very strict one dating from 1711: “I do sincerely own and believe the whole doctrine contained in the confession to be the truths of God, and I do own the same as the confession of my faith.” The United Presbyterians had already adopted a more reasonable formula, subscribing the confession generally “as an exhibition of the sense in which I understand the Holy Scriptures."
But already the waters had been stirred. In 1866 the two general assemblies, claiming to represent the Church of Scotland historically, met as usual on the topmost ridge, on either side of which Edinburgh is "piled, close and massy, steep and high.” Each elected its moderator, and the moderator took for his subject the question of creed. In the Free Church Assembly its chairman, Doctor Wilson, took the lead by the statement tbat “no confession of faith can ever be regarded by the church as a final and permanent document. She must always vindicate her right to revise, to purge, to add to it. We lie open always to the teaching of the Divine Spirit; nay, we believe in the progressive advancement of the church into a more perfect knowledge of the truth.” Ten days later Doctor Cook, the moderator of the Church of Scotland, closed his assembly in the presence of the Queen's Commissioner by a statement that the Scottish Dissenting churches were no doubt free to change or modify the creed. “But it is not so with the Established Church. Our confession, submitted to the estates of Parliament, was accepted as the truth of God; and the church was endowed and established, not free at any time to modify, alter, or depart from it, nor to hold the truth of any of its doctrines an open question.” This utterance, listened to at the moment with submission, became three days later the occasion of a weighty protest by some seventy ministers led by Prin