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62

11

DISPLAY

Of

rather marred,

according

to

every one's

fancy

:

Thane popular

feat, it

is

the

iffue

of

the

people's

brain.

(a)

Origen

is fuppofed,

to have brought him

firft

into

the

church

:

but

among

thofe

many fincere

worfhippers

of

divine grace, this fetter forth

of

new

Daman,

found

but little entertainment

:

it

was

looked upon,

but

like

the

Rump

of

Dagan,

with

his

head and hands laid down before

the

ark

of

God

;

without whofe help he

could

neither

know,

nor do

that

which

is

good in any kind

; frill

accounted but

mauves

ficulaou,

inutile

{gnum:

a fig

-tree

logg,

an unprofitable piece

of

wood;

incerti

pa-.

tree framnum facerenrne.

The

fathers

of

the

fucceeding ages

had much debate,

to

what

ufe

they lhould

put

it

:

and though force exalted it

a

degree or two

above its

merits,

yet the

moll

concluded

to

keep

it

a block

í1i11:

until at length, there

arofe a

(b)

pout

champion,

challenging on his

behalf

the

whole church

of

God,

and

like

a

knight errant

wandered from the well

to the

oft,

to

grapple

with

any,

that

Mould

op-

pofe his idol

:

who

though he might with

(r)

divers adverfaries,

(d)

one efpecially,

who in

the behalf

of

the

grace

of

God, continually foiled him

and call him

to the

ground, and that

in

the

judgment, (e)

of

all

the

lawful judges, affembled iu councils,

and

(f)

in

the

opinion

of

molt

of

the

chriftian by-Randers:

yet

by his cunning infi.

nuation, he planted fuch an opinion

of

his

idol's deity andfelf-fuiliciency in

the

hearts

of

divers,

that to

this day

it

could never be rooted out.

Now

after

the

deceafe

of

his

Pelagian

worfhippers,

force

of

the corrupter fchool-

men

feeing

of

him thus from his

birth

expofed

without

Shelter

to

wind andweather,

to

all affaults

;

out

of

meer charity, and

felf

=love,

built him

a

temple,

and adorned

it

with natural

lights,

merits, uncontrouled,

independent operations,

with

many

other

gay attendances. But in

the

beginning

of

the

reformation, that

fatal time for

idolatry

and fuperftition, together with

abbies, and monafteries,

the zeal

and learning

of

our

forefathers,

with

the

help

of

God's word, demolilhed this temple,

and brake

this

building

down

to the

ground

:

in

the

rubbilh

whereof

we well

hoped

the

idol

himfelf

had

been fo

deeply buried,

as

that

hishead fhould never more have

been exalted

to

the

trouble

of

the

church

of

God:

until not

long

frnce, force

curious wits, whofe weak

ftomonhs were clogged

with

Manna, and loathed

the

fmcere

milk

of the

word, raking

all

dunghils for novelties, lighted unhappily upon this idol

;

and

prefently, with

no

lets

joy

than did the mathematician at

the

difcovety

of

a new

geometrical proportion,

exclaim,

We

have found

it,

we have found it

!

and

without more

ado, up

they

er'e£t-

ed

a Shrine,

and

until this day continue

offering

óf

praifeand thanks

for

all

the

good

they

do to this work

of

their

own hands.

And

that

the

Idol may

be

freefrom ruine,

to

which

in

himfelf

they have

found by

experience

that

he

is

fubjet;

they

have matcht him

to

contingency,

a new goddefs

of

their

own

creation;

who having proved very fruitful

in monftrous

births, upon their

conjun£tions,

they

nothing doubt

they

(hall

ever want

one

to

fit on

the

throne,

and

make

prefident

of

all

human

a

&ions:

fo

that

after

he hath

with

various fuccefs,

at

leaf[ twelve hundred years, contended with

the

providence

and grace

of

God,

he

boafteth

now,

as

if

he had obtaineda total vi£tory.

But

yet

all

his prevailing

is

to

be

attributed to the

diligence, and varnifh

of

his new abetters,

with

(to

our

flame

be

it

fpoken)

the

negligence

of

his adverfaries

;

in

him,

and

his

caufe,

there

is

no more

real worth than

was,

when

by

the

ancient

Fathers

he was exploded, and curled out

of

the

Church.

So

that they,

who

can

attain

through

the

many winding

labyrinths

of

cu-

rious diftin£tions,

to

look upon

the thing it

fel

f

!hall find

that

they

have

bren like

Egyptian

novices,

brought through

many Stately frontifpieces and goodly fabricks,

with

much

flew

of

zeal and devotion, to

the

image

of

an

ugly ape.

(a)

Rieron. ad

Ruff.

(b)

Pelagius. Dogma

quad

peftifero vomuit coluber fermoneBritannus,

Profper. de

iPrat.

cap.

T.

(c) Adfuit,

exhortante

Deo provifa

per

orbem, fan&orum pia

cura

patrum.

Peftem

fubeuntem prima

recidiy

fades

Roma

Petri. z.

Non fegnior inde orientis

redo-

rum cura emicuit, Synod.

Pales.

3. Hieronymus libris valde excellenribushoftem

dill

cuit. 4. Atticus

ConRantinopp. 5. Dam

Synodi Affricane,

Profper. de ingrate

(d) Conciliamcui dux

Aurelius ingeni-

umq; Augufilnus eras. Quem

Chrifti

grata

cornu uberiore rigans,

noltro

lumen

dedilevo,

Profp

ibid.

(e)

Dixit Pelagius, Quis

elk

miniAugufinus? UniverS acclamabant blafphemantem

in epifcopum, ex

cujus

ore,

dominos

untverleAfrica,

unitats

indulferit felicitatem,

non (alum

a

convemu illo,

fed

ab

omni ec

lefty

pellendem, Orof

Apologet.

fol.

Oat.

de Synod.

Pale,[.

Pre

omnibus Radium

gerite

libros

S.

Augult.

quos

ad Profp.

&

Miler.

kripft,

memoratis fratribus legendos

in

g

erere:

&c. Ep;JI.

Synod.

Ryzac.

(f)

Imo noveeunt,

non folum Romanam

ghicanamq;

ecclelíam, fed

per

omnes

mundi

parses, univerfe promillonis filios, cum

dofrina

hujus

viii, tacut

in

tots

fide,

ila

in

grade

condone

congruere,

Prof;, ad

Ruffin.

Auguftinnm

ratite

retardations

:Arum

pro vim fez,

&

meritis, in

null.

communione temper habuimus, nee unquam hune

finiltre

fufpicionis

(

altem rumor fufpexit,

Cole.

Ep

Jt.

ad

Gal. Epißap.

Thefe I have cited to

thew

what

a

heavy prejudice

the

Arminian caufe

lies

under.

being

pro(fetfedly

oppofite to the [email protected]

of

St.

Amin,

and they continually

lightingof

his

authority.

Yet