The Apology of the Church of England, Tr. by Anne, Lady Bacon

The Apology of the Church of England, Tr. by Anne, Lady Bacon

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...of sisters and brothers; there wanted not men, which forged false tales upon the same, saying that the Christians made no difference among themselves, either of age or of kind; but like brute beasts without regard had to do one with another3. And where, for to pray and hear the Gospel, they met often together in secret and bye places; because rebels sometime were wont to do the like, rumours were every where spread abroad, how they-made privy confederacies, and counselled together either to kill the magistrates, or to subvert the commonwealth. And where, in celebrating the holy mysteries after Christ's institution, they took bread and wine, they were thought of many not to worship Christ, but Bacchus and Ceres4; forsomuch as those vain gods were worshipped of the heathens in like sort, after a profane superstition, with bread and wine. These tilings were believed of many, not because they were true indeed, (for what could be more untrue?) but because they were like to be true, and through a certain shadow of truth might the more easily deceive the simple. On this fashion likewise do these men slander us as heretics, and say that we have left the Church and fellowship of Christ; not because they think it is true, for they do not much force of that, but because to ignorant folk it might perhaps some way appear true. We have indeed put ourselves apart, not as heretics are wont, from the Church of Christ, but as all good men ought to do, from the infection of naughty persons and hypocrites. 3 Tertull. Apolog. 9. 4 August, contr. Faust. 20. c. 13. viii. 342. 5 "To force," " to lay stress upon." Nevertheless in this point they triumph mar-Part Iv. vellously, "that they be the Church', that their Church is Christ's spouse, the...
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  • Paperback | 52 pages
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  • English
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  • 9781236561671