History of the Cross: The Pagan Origin, and Idolatrous Adoption and Worship, of The Image

History of the Cross: The Pagan Origin, and Idolatrous Adoption and Worship, of The Image

by Henry Dana Ward


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In the Churches, especially of America, a flood-tide of ritualism now threatens to overwhelm the gospel, such as in the fourth century deluged the primitive Churches with relics of martyrs, monkish legends, lying wonders, pagan customs, and " the invention of the cross." The eye is taken with a curious pantomime, carried on by various actors. Any parade with banners and sweet voices through the streets, or into the churches, is sure to attract a crowd. Excited by the mysterious movement, the rising generation are fired to see, to fall in, and to form a part of the brave show, dressed in colours, or white robes, with banners and standard-bearers for the admiration of the beholders. The sign and image of tlie cross is now, as of old, in the fore- front of the pagan assault upon the simplicity of the faith of God in Christ, Therefore it is timely to present to the public a history, showing the pagan origin of the image, with its entrance among Christians, and its final adoption in the Church Catholic and Universal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780353232600
Publisher: Creative Media Partners, LLC
Publication date: 11/10/2018
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.21(d)

About the Author

Born in 1797 in Shrewsbury, Henry Dana graduated from Harvard with an A.B. in 1816 and an A.M. in 1819. He was ordained as an Episcopal minister and had parish in Virginia. Henry Dana Ward married twice: Abigail Porter Jones, his first wife, died 1837 in NYC. He then married Charlotte Galbraith in 1842 in Charleston, West Virginia. He fathered 4 children in his second marriage. He moved with Charlotte to New York City and together they founded a girls’ school there. Henry Dana wrote Free Masonry: Its Pretensions Exposed in Faithful Extracts of Its Standard Authors (1828) and other monographs. He retired with his family to Philadelphia., PA and died in 1884. His son Henry Galbraith Ward bought the Ward House back from foreclosure and later sold it to Artemas Ward.

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