Recent Advances in Atomic Physics - Vol I
by Gaetano Castelfranchi (9781406748581)

Recent Advances in Atomic Physics - Vol I
Gaetano Castelfranchi
Release Date: 01 March 2007
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
Category: Physics
ISBN: 9781406748581
ISBN-10: 1406748587

REB LOST BY AN AMERICAN AGNOSTIC JOHN L. STODDARD Into Thy vineyard I come in haste, Eleven sounds from its ancient tower, So many years have gone to waste, What can I do in a single hour NEW EDITIONWITH INDEX P. J. KENED7 AND SONS 12 BARCLAY STREET, NEW YORK PREFACE THE world of literature possesses many records of conversion to Catholicism which are more startling in their events, more powerful in their delineation and more pleasing in their language than this story. Yet the experience of every soul is after all unique, and I myself have gained much benefit from reading the accounts of those who have preceded me, as pilgrims to the Port of Peace. This book is the result of numerous requests to write an explanation of the motives, influences and arguments which brought me back to faith in God, the Bible, Immortality and the Christian Religion, and finally led me to enter the ancient, Apostolic, Catholic Church, whose Primate is the Pope. It has seemed best to preface this explanation with a brief account of my youthful religious ex perience, between which and my present standpoint there stretches, like a desert between two oases, a spiritual wilderness of more than forty years. Both of these widely separated mental states constitute kindred portions of my spiritual entity, the former having been to some extent the origin of the latter. From a glance at the Table of Contents of this volume one might perhaps conclude that the book is intended to be controversial. It is true that many pf the usual differences between Catholics and Protestants are here discussed, but not with a desire for controversy. As I formerly took a more or less public stand towards prominent religious questionsunhappily in opposition to what I now through Gods grace recognise as truth I feel myself constrained to state with equal frankness my present religious convictions. As possible readers, I have had in mind especially such Protestants and Ration alists as, like myself, have grown up under modern sceptical and materialistic conditions, with little or no conception of ecclesiastical authority. To them the point of view from which I have approached the study of the Catholic Church will seem familiar and natural, however much they may differ from me in my conclusions. To Catholics, who may turn these pages, I would say in advance, lest they be cjfeappointed, that the results arrived at by these arguments will offer to them nothing new. Yet possibly the story of the ar duous journey I was forced to make to reach a land, already so well known to them, may have for them some interest. They will at least appreciate the fact that I was moved to write these pages by a desire to counteract the evil influence which my hostility to Christianity VI PREFACE once exerted, and to undo to some extent the harm produced for more than two score years. God can make use of even the humblest instrument, and He may deign to do so in this instance. In view of this possibility I prayed that His Divine blessing might accompany me, as I wrote. God grant that such has been the case. THE AUTHOR, CONTENTS PAGE PREFACE ....... ... V CHAPTER I, FROM FAITH TO RATIONALISM ...... I II. IN THE WILDERNESS OF RATIONALISM . . ., IS III. THE AWAKENING ........ 22 IV, SEARCHING FOR LIGHT THE EXISTENCE OF GOD . . 34 V. THE MORAL LAW ---- ....... 43 VI. IMMORTALITY ., ....... S 2 VII. REVELATION ......... 3 VIII. WHAT THINK YE OFCHRIST ...... 7 IX. THE CHURCH OF CHRIST ....... 79 X, LUTHER .......... 88 XL PROTESTANTISM IN GERMANY ..... . IOJ XII. PROTESTANTISM IN AMERICA ...... n6 XIIL THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND ...... 13 XIV. DIFFICULTIES SURMOUNTEDPAPAL INFALLIBILITY . 145 XV. PURGATORY AND INDULGENCES . . - 1 54 XVI. THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE ..... 5 XVII. REVERENCE SHOWN TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN, AND PRAYERS TO HER AND TO THE SAINTS ... 175 XVIII. MIRACLES, ANCIENT AND MODERN ..... 185 XDL THE VENERATION OF IMAGES AND RELICS - 197 XX. PERSECUTIONS FOR HERESY BY CATHOLICS AND PROT ESTANTS ....

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