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The

PREFACE.

Churches

into

an

4f

ciation

of

many

Churches,

and

to

be

but

Chappels

or

parts

of

the Diocefan Church

(that

their

power

and

wealth

might

he

enlarged with their

Territories)

and

the

turning

of

Arbitrating

Bi-

fbsps into the

Common

Judicatures,

which

man

govern

all

Chr,

ftians,

and

fuch

like, which

poyf

ned

the

Church,

and

turned

the

!Pules

of

par..

Ocular Churches, Epifcopacy, Presbytery

and

Difcipline, quite into ano-

ther thing.

And

to

fpeak

freely,

it

was the many

blind

volumes

and

confident clamours

of

force men,

that

rail at

us, as denying

an

Epifcopa-

cy,

which the

univerfal

Church

hathalways

agreed

in,

which

drew

me

to

write

this

abridgement

of

the Church

Hfory

of

Bifbops, Councils

and

Popes.

Ill

And

thofe

that

make

theIgnorant

believe

that

fditieus

difobedient

Presbyters have

inall

Ages been

the

dividers

of

the Church,

and

the

Bi-

(hops

the means

of

Vnity,

concord

and

f

pprelon

of

limb

Sch

fmati

cks

and

Hereticks,

could

never

thus

deceive

the

people,

were

but

fo

much

Church

-Rory

commonly

known,

as

I

have

here colleiled.

Read

Church-

Riflery

and

believe

that,

if

you can.

Y

And

many

that

take

up

any new opinion

or dotage

which

is

but

newly broached

among them, would have

been

faved

from

it,

if

they

lad

but known

how

that fame

opinion or the like,

was

long ago

taken

up

by

Hereticks,

and

exploded

by

the

faitbfid Pallor!

and

people

of

the Church.

VI.

And

the

fehiaries

who

ra

fhly

fiperate

from

fonce.

Churches, be-

caufe of.

f

me

forms,

opinions

or

ceremonies,

which

almnf

all Chri

flians

on

earth have

ufed,

in

the

former purer

ages,

and

All

ufe,

would

be

more cauteloua

and fearful in

examining their grounds,

and

would

hardly venture

to.

f

pesate

from.

any

Church

for

that,

which

on

the

f

me

reafin

would

move

them to

fiparate from almof

all

Chr

flians

in

the

whole

world

5

if

net

Zinchurch the

Church

of

Chrin : And

ancient

erreurs

and

crimes would

affright us

from

imitatingthem.

VII. And theft that

make

new

ambiguous

words or unneceffiry

pra-

aices

to

become

necef

fary

to

Church Communion,

and

hereticate

all

that

dif

r

from

them, or perfeeute them

at

leaf,

would he more

frightened

from

filch

pernicious

courts,

if

they well

knew

what have

been

the

ef-

fePís

of

them

heretofore.

VII.

And

it

is

not

unufefiel to

Princes

and

Magifirates

to

fee what

bath

corrupted

and

dif

urbed

the Churches

in

firmer

times

and

what

cattle'

they

have to

keep

thefècular

power

from

the

Clergies

hands,

and

to

vane

thole

that

for

knowledge

and

piety

are

meet

for

their

proper

guid-

ing

office,

and

of

of

the

Church

Keys

:.

but

not

:

to corrupt them

ly

ex-

c'e/