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1. The First Ground, or Postulate:

That Government, whose Foundation is laid by Christ, and

whose Fabric is raised by the Apostles, is of Divine In-

stitution

522

9. The Second Ground:

The Practice and Recommendation of the Apostles, is sufficient

Warrant for an Apostolical Institution.

523

3. The Third Ground:

The Forms, ordained for the Church's Administration by the

Apostles, were for Universal and Perpetual Use

524

4. The Fourth Ground:

The Universal Practice of the Church immediately succeed.

ing the Apostolic Times, is a sure Commentary upon the

Practice of the Apostles, and our best Direction.—The

Two Fanious Rules of Tertullian and St. Augustine, to

this purpose, asserted ....

525

5. The Fifth Ground:

The Primitive Saints and Fathers neither would nor durst set

up another Form of Government, different from that they

received of the Apostles

531

6. The Sixth Ground:

If the next Successors would have innovated the Form

of Government; yet they would not, in so short a space,

have diffused it through the whole Christian World 533

7. The Seventh Ground:

The Ancientest Histories of the Church and Writings of the

First Fathers, are rather to be believed in the report of

the Primitive State of the Church, than the latest Authors 534

8. The Eighth Ground;

Those, whom the Ancient Church of God and all the Holy

Fathers of the Church since, have condemned for Heretics,

are no fit guides for us to follow, in that their judgment of

the Government for which they were so condemned 536

9. The Ninth Ground:

The Accession of Honourable Titles and Compatible Privi-

Jeges, makes no Difference in the substance of a Lawful

and Holy Calling ...

537

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10. The Tenth Ground:

Those Scriptures, whereon a New and Different Form of Go.

vernment is raised, had need to be more evident and unques-

tionable, than those which are alleged for the former that is

rejected

............. 538

11. The Eleventh Ground:

If Christ had left this pretended Order of Government, it

would have, ere this time, been agreed upon, what that

Form is, and how to be managed...........

539

12. The Twelfth Ground :

If this, wbich is challenged, be the Kingdom of Christ; then,

those Churches, which want any essential part of it, are

mainly defective; and that there is scarce any at all en-

tire.....

540

13. The Thirteenth Ground :

True Christian Policy requires not any thing absurd or im.

possible to be done......

14. The Fourteenth Ground :

New Pretences of Truths never before heard of, especially in

Main Points, carry just Cause of Suspicion..........

541

15. The Fifteenth Ground:

To depart from the Judgment and Practice of the Universal

Church of Christ ever since the Apostles' Times, and to

betake ourselves to a New Invention, cannot but be, be-

sides the danger, vehemently scandalous..........

.......................... 542

Part Second. PROOFS.

1. The Terms and State of the Question, settled and agreed upon 544

2. Church Government begun by our Saviour in a manifest Im-

parity.....

548

3. The Execution of this Apostolical Power, after our Saviour's

Ascent into Heaven ...

550

4. The Derivation of this Power and Majority, from the Apostles

to the succeeding Bishops.........

551

5. The clear Testimonies of Scripture for this Majority, especially

those out of the Epistles to Timothy and Titus, urged.. 554

6. Soine Elusions of these Scriptures met with, and answered......... 557

7. The Testimony of St. John, in his Revelation, pressed .............. 560

8. The Estate and Order of Episcopacy deduced from the Apos-

tles to the Primitive Bishops..........

563

9. The Testimony and Assent of Bucer, and some famous French

Divines.

.... 565

10. The Superiority and Jurisdiction of Bishops, proved by the

Tesuinony of the First Fathers and A postolical Men: and,

first, of Clemens, the Partner of the Apostles......

567

11. The Pregnant and Full Testimonies of the Holy Saint and Mar-

lyr Ignatius, urged............

569

12. The Testimony of the Ancient Canons, called the Apostles' 578

13. The State and History of the Next Age..

580

14. Prools of the confessed Superiority of Bishops, from several

Arguments out of Antiquity.....

582

15. Power of Ordination only in Bishops...

583

16. Power of Jurisdiction appropriated to the Bishops, from the first 585

17. Exceptions against our Episcopacy answered, and, particularly

of 'rive Dissimilitude of our Bishops to the Primitive ; espe-

cially in their Pomp and Perpetuity..

587

18. The Practice of the Whole Christian Church, in all Times and

Places, is for this Government by Bishops.....

591

19. Of the Suppression of Contrary Records ; and the Sole Oppo-

sition of the Heretic Ærius.........

594

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Concerning

(1.) Justification.

44

(2.) Free-Will...

47

(3.) Merils.....

50

(4.) Satisfaction........

52

(5.) Purgatory.

54

(6.) Indulgences and Pardons .....

56

(7.) Mortal and Venial Sins......

57

Sect. 4. FROM THOSE OPINIONS OF THE ROMAN-

ISTS, WHICH CHIEFLY RESPECT Gon:- 59

(1.) Concerning Scripture: ...

ib.

[1.] Its Canon......

60

[2.] Its Insufficiency

ib.

3.) Its Authority.......

62

(2.) Concerning the person and Offices of Christ: 63

[1.] Against his Person, are

(a.) Transubstantiation............... ib.

(b.) The Multi-presence of bis Body 64

[? ] Against his Priestly Office, are

(a.) The Sacrifice of the Mass........ 66

(b.) The Number of Mediators, and

the Invocation of Saints........ 67

(3) Concerning the Superstitious, Heathenish,

and Ridiculous Worship of the Papists.. 69

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Chap. III. Impossibility of the MEANS of Reconciliation....... 72

HI. THE HONOUR OF THE MARRIED CLERGY, MAINTAIN-

ED AGAINST THE MALICIOUS CHALLENGES OF C. E., Mass.

PRIEST: or, THE AIOLOGY WRITTEN SOME YEARS since

FOR THE MARRIAGE OF PERSONS EccLESIASTICAL, MADE

GOOD, AGAINST THE CAVILS OF C, E. PSEUDO-CATHOLIC

PRIEST.

Dedication to the ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY..................... 70

The Answer to the Advertisement.......

83

Book I...

87

Book II......

142

Book 111.............

170

The Conclusion.......

200

Rotomagensis Anonymus. An liceat Sacerdotibus inire Matrimo-

nia......

202

Englished.....

207

Judgment of Erasmus....

212

IV. REVERENDISSIMO Viro Do MARCO ANTONIO DE DOMI-

NIS, ARCHIEPISCOPO SPALATENSI, EPISTOLA DISCESSUS

SUI AD ROMAN DISSUASORIA .......

214

V. THE OLD RELIGION: A TREATISE, WHEREIN IS LAID DOWN

THE TRUE STATE OF THE DIFFERENCE BETWIXT THE RE-

FORMED AND ROMAN CHURCH, AND THE BLAME OF THIS

SCHISM IS CAST UPON THE TRUE AUTHORS SERVING FOR

THE VINDICATION OF OUR INNOCENCE, FOR THE SETTLING

OF WAVERING MINDS, FOR A PRESERVATION AGAINST PO-

PISH INSINUATIONS. WITH AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR SUCH

READERS, AS FORMERLY STUMBLED AT SOME PASSAGES IN

THE BOOK.

Dedication to the Diocese of Exeter.......

223

INTRODUCTION,

Sect. 1. The Extent of the Differences betwixt the Churches 228

Sect. 2. The Original of the Differences betwixt the Churches 30

Sect. 3. The Reformed unjustly charged with Novelty, He-

resy, Schism......

Sect. 4. The Church of liome guilty of this Schism........

236

Chap. I. On JUSTIFICATION BY INHERENT RIGHTEOUSNESS..... 238

Sect. 1. Its Newness.

239

Sect. 2. Against Scripture........

242

Sect. 3. Against Reason....

244

Chap. II. On the Doctrine of MERIT...

245

Sect. 1. Its Newness.....

ib.

Sect. 2. Against Scripture.......

246

Sect. 3. Against Reason

247

Chap. III. On the Doctrine of TRANSUBSTANTIATION.............. 248

Sect. 1. Its Newness..

249

Sect. 2. Against Scripture.......

252

Sect. 3. Against Reason....

253

Chap. IV. On the HALF-COMMUNION.

Sect. 1. Jts Newness...

255

Sect. 2. Against Scripture..

Sect. 3. Against Reason.......

257

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