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S A B B A TH
HIS GRACE THE ARCHBISHOP OF DUBLIN'S
“ THOUGHTS ON THE SABBATH.”
THE ANTIQUITY OF THE SABBATH IS MAINTAINED
ITS IDENTITY WITH THE LORD'S-DAY ESTABLISHED —
AUTHORS ANSWERED ;--AND VARIOUS TOPICS, CONNECTED WITH
CLASSES OF CHRISTIANS.
“ Call the sabbath a delight, holy of the Lord, and honourable--then
Isaiah lviii. 13, 14.
BY EDWARD STOPFORD, LL.D.
ARCHDEACON OF ARMAGH, AND VICAR-GENERAL OF RAPHOE.
THE SCRIPTURE ACCOUNT
It is now about four years since his Grace the Archbishop of Dublin published his “ THOUGHTS ON THE SABBATH.” A person, proposing to answer that publication, after such a lapse of time, may expect to be asked, why he did not answer it before-and why he answers it now?
From the first time I read that pamphlet, I have felt convinced that his Grace's view of the question was altogether erroneous. I have always considered the observance of the institution of a Sabbath as resting on divine authority, and of permanent obligation,—as a fundamental article of the Christian, as well as of the Mosaical and patriarchal dispensations. But in proportion as my opinion of the great importance of the subject was high, I was unwilling to lower it by a feeble advocacy :-in proportion to my estimate of its value, were my hopes and expectations, that the eminent theologians of our church, the professors of divinity and of sacred literature and languages in our universities, would have stood forth to defend this citadel of