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have been present to the minds of those who are responsible for it. It does not touch the case of the Filioque clause at all, and it is to be hoped that we have heard the last of this objection, which was due to an entire misconception of the terms and purpose of the canon, but which has been raised not only to the addition to the Constantinopolitan Creed, but also to the use made by the English Church of the (80-called) Athanasian Creed.

(3) One more objection remains. It may be urged that the clause was inserted in the creed irregularly, without any proper ecclesiastical authority, and that it is beyond the competence of any one branch of the Church to add in this manner to a creed of the universal Church.

There is some force in this objection, and considerable weight might be attached to it, had the clause been in the first instance an intentional addition, though even so, its insertion might plausibly be defended by the treatment which the original Nicene Creed received after its acceptance by the whole Church at Nicæa. Local branches of the Church certainly did add to it without incurring censure, or having fault found with their action, for additional clauses on the Incarnation, as well as those in the latter part of the creed, were current for a considerable time before they could claim any proper and regular ecclesiastical sanction, and any objection to the Filioque on the score of irregularity would at one time have equally applied to them. But in the case of the Filioque the objection is still more effectually removed by the further consideration that the "addition" was unintentional, and that it was not discovered to be an addition, nor called in question for more than two centuries after the Council of Toledo, to which it has been traced. The Western Church does not seem ever to have made any public use—at least on a wide scaleof the creed without the clause; and to have omitted it at a comparatively late date would have looked very much like a repudiation of the doctrine contained in it. The clause, when rightly understood, as has been already shown, expresses a real truth of Scripture, which the Western Church had been for centuries accustomed to teach in the formula now found in the creed. impossible for her to alter the form which she publicly used without thereby endangering the doctrine. clearly an act of unwarrantable tyranny on the part of the Latins to attempt to force the acceptance of the clause on the Greeks, as was actually done by Pope Nicholas III. (A.D. 1277). The Greeks had never received it, and were accustomed to express the doctrine by a different formula. To them its adoption would have seemed a change of doctrine in the direction of heresy. But it is too much to ask the Latins to give up the use of the clause, since they would thereby practically disown the doctrine which it contains. A parallel case is afforded by the difficulty connected with the word hypostasis in the fourth century, and the treatment which this received at the Council of Alexandria indicates the proper solution of the difficulty connected with the varying forms of the creed in the East and the West. There was a difference of phraseology between different portions of the Church as regards an important matter of faith. But so soon as it was discovered that, in spite of varying language, the meaning of both parties was identical, it was felt that a difference of phraseology was, after all, but a minor inconvenience, which might well be endured without causing any schism in the Church, and it was agreed that both parties might keep to their own traditional mode of expressing the doctrine which they both held in common. So also, if Greeks and Latins are really at one in the doctrine, it is possible to look forward to the day when similar wise counsels may prevail, and the acceptance of the Constantinopolitan Creed, either with or without the Filioque, may be admitted as a basis for intercommunion between the long-estranged branches of the Church in the East and West

* See below on Article VIII. p. 320.

It was

It was

1 See Milman's Latin Christianity, vol. vi. p. 412.


De Divinis Scripturis, quod suff

ciunt ad salutem. Scriptura sacra continet omnia quæ ad salutem sunt necessaria, ita ut quicquid in ea nec legitur, neque inde probari potest, non sit a quoquam exigendum, ut tanquam Articulus fidei credatur, aut ad salutis necessitatem requiri putetur.

Sacræ Scripturæ nomine Canonicos libros Veteris et Novi Testamenti intelligimus, de quorum autoritate in Ecclesia nunquam dubitatum est.

De nominibus et numero librorum Sacræ Canonicæ Scripturæ Veteris Testamenti,

Of the Sufficiency of the Holy

Scriptures for Salvation. Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation : so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an article of the faith, or be thought requisite necessary to salvation.

In the name of holy Scripture we do anderstand those Canonical books of the Old and New Testament, of whose authority was never any doubt in the Church.

Of the names and number of the canonical books.


Prior Liber Para. Genesis.

The First Book of lipom.

Secundus Libor Exodus.

The Second Book of

Primus Liber Esdræ. Leviticus,

The First Book of

Secundus Libor Numbers.

The Second Book of

Liber Hestar.

Deuteronomy. The Book of Esther,
Liber Job.

The Book of Job.

The Psalms,

The Proverbs.
Prior Liber Samuelis. Ecclesiastes vel Con. The First Book of Ecclesiastes or the

Preacher. Secundus Liber Sam. Cantica Salomonis. The Second Book of Cantica or Songs of uelis.


Solomon. Prior Liber Regum. IV Prophet The First Book of Four Prophets the Majores. Kings.

Greater. Becundus Libor Ro- XII Propheta The Second Book of Twelve Prophets the gum. Minores. Kings.


Alios autem libros (ut ait Hieronymus) legit quidem Ecclesia ad exempla vitæ et formandos mores, illos tamen ad dogmata confirmanda

adhibet: ut sunt

And the other books, (as Hieromo saith) the Church doth read for example of life and instruction of manners : but yet doth it not apply them to establish any doctrine. Such are these following:


Tertius Liber Esdræ. Barach Propheta Tha Third Book of Baruch the Prophet.

Esdras, Quartus Liber Canticum trium The Fourth Book of The Song of the Esdræ. Puerorum. Esdras.

Three Children. Liber Tobiæ. Historia Susannæ. The Book of Tobias. The Story of

Susanna. Liber Judith. De Bel et Dracone. The Book of Judith. or Bel and


Dragon. Reliquum Libri Oratio Manasses. The rest of the Book The Prayer of Hester.

of Esther.

Manasses. Li ber Sapientiæ. Prior Liber Macha. The Book of Wisdom. The First Book of bæorum.

Maccabees. Liber Jesu Secundus Liber Jesus the son of The Second Book of Sirach, Machabæorum. Sirach.


Novi Testamenti omnes libros (ut vulgo recepti sunt) recipimus, et habemus pro Canonicis.

All the books of the New Testa. ment, as they are commonly received, we do receive and account them for Canonical.

The original Article of 1553 contained only the first paragraph of our present one, and that in a slightly different form : “Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation : 80 that whatsoever is neither read therein, nor may be proved thereby, although it be some time received of the faithful as godly, and profitable for an order and comeliness : yet no man ought to be constrained to believe it as an article of faith or repute it requisite to the necessity of salvation.” The words in italics were omitted in 1563, and the language of the following sentence slightly changed. At the same time Archbishop Parker added the remaining part of the Article, with the exception of the complete list of the books of the Apocrypha, which was only added at the final revision in 1571, when the present title was

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