His favourite subjects were church discipline, rites and ceremonies, apostolical
succession, the duty of reverence and obedience to the clergy, the atrocious criminality of dissent, the absolute necessity of observing all the forms of godliness, the reprehensible presumption of individuals who attempted to think for themselves in matters connected with religion, or to be guided by their own interpretations of Scripture, and, occasionally (to please his wealthy parishioners) the necessity of deferential obedience from the poor to the rich--supporting his maxims and exhortations throughout with quotations from the Fathers: with whom he appeared to be far better acquainted than with the Apostles and Evangelists, and whose importance he seemed to consider at least equal to theirs.
We made no long stay in a place where they stopped their ears against the voice of God, but returned to the foot of that mountain which we had left some days before; we were surrounded, as soon as we began to preach, with a multitude of auditors, who came either in expectation of being instructed, or from a desire of gratifying their curiosity, and God bestowed such a blessing upon our apostolical
labours that the whole village was converted in a short time.
The Prior at length recollected himself sufficiently to be aware that he was compromising his dignity, by squabbling with such a hedge-priest as the Outlaw's chaplain, and being joined by his attendants, rode off with considerably less pomp, and in a much more apostolical
condition, so far as worldly matters were concerned, than he had exhibited before this rencounter.
Newman argued, "Baptist churches alone of all the churches are apostolical
in spirit and form" and are the "best expression" of the "spirit of Christianity.
Mullock inscribed his copy of The Validity of Anglican Ordinations and Anglican Claims to Apostolical
Succession Examined (Philadelphia, 1848) by Richard Kenrick (1806-96), the archbishop of St.
Juzgo que por estar en lengua vulgar este libro precisse quando al Arbol divinal, el arbol material, el arbol moral, el arbol apostolical
eccetera, esta prohivido y se deue inivir porque materias de tan alta Theologia como son constitutivos y distinctivos de las divinas personas, processiones divinas, maternidad, encarnaron, virtudes teologales eccetera y todos los siete arboles que tocan al sobre natural no pueden pasar en romance sin peligro y ruina de la fee del que los leiere.
In "Adherence to the Apostolical
Succession the Safest Course" or the fourth tract, John Keble, a leading figure in the Oxford Movement, argued that the ministry of the church and the pastoral duty of the clergy are part of God's "ineffable mystery":
The primitive apostolical
men, being daily and hourly accustomed to sacrifice and dedicate to God even ordinary things, by mixing them up with Christian and heavenly associations, might well consider everything as becoming .
In the 1830s, Newman had rejected Wood's ideas that doctrine could develop within the Church over time and that the only tests for developments of doctrinal truths were that they must not be contrary to Scripture or to the Apostolical
All of this harmonizes with Godwin's contention that, when modems fail to meditate on mortality, "[they] are apt to grow, in the apostolical
phrase, too 'worldly,'" but that by contemplating the literary dead where they lie, they may elevate themselves and exchange the future for the past (12).
Els continguts de l'AC es desenvolupen mitjancant catorze arbres principals: elemental (naturalesa), vegetal (botanica), sensual (zoologia), imaginal (coses imaginades i llurs aplicacions a les arts mecaniques i liberals), humanal (tractat d'antropologia, psicologia), moral (etica), imperial (politica), apostolical
(govern eclesiastic), celestial (astronomia i astrologia), angelical (angeologia), eviternal (sobre el paradis i l'infern), maternal (sobre la verge Maria), cristianal (cristologia) i divinal (teologia); s'hi afegeixen l'arbre exemplifical, que proporciona una gran quantitat d'eximplis il-lustratius dels continguts exposats, i l'arbre questional, una mena de metode per resoldre interrogants plantejats en relacio als catorze arbres primers.
High Churchmen "tended to uphold in some form the doctrine of apostolical
succession as a manifestation of [their] strong attachment to the Church's catholicity" (Peter Nockles, The Oxford Movement in Context: Anglican High Churchmanship, 1760-1857 [Cambridge: Cambridge Univ.