Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

We ought to be cautious in taking even the best ascertained opinions and practices of the primitive Church for our own. If it could be satisfactorily shown that they esteemed it authorized and transmitted forever, that does not settle the question for us. We know how inveterately they were attached to their Jewish prejudices, and how often even the influence of Christ failed to enlarge their views. On every other subject succeeding times have learned to form a judgement more in accordance with the spirit of Christianity than was the practice of the early ages.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Sermon, September 9, 1832, at the Second Church, Boston, Massachusetts. "The Lord's Supper," Miscellanies (1883, repr. 1903).
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