Excerpt from The Ideal of the English Church: A Sketch
Preface to his almost inspired work on Ecclesiastical Polity, thus challenges the admirers Of Genevan novel ties. The government against which ye band your selves has been Observed every where throughout all generations and ages OF the christian world, NO church ever perceiving the word OF god TO BE against it. We require you to find out but one Church upon the face Of the whole earth that hath been ordered by your discipline, and hath not been ordered by ours, that is to say, by episcopal regiment, since the time that the blessed apostles were here conversant. Our second witness is Jeremy Taylor, who, in his Intro duction to Episcopacy Asserted, thus delivers himself. The catholic practice Of Christendom for 1600 years is so insupportable a prejudice against the enemies of Episcopacy, that they must bring admirable evidence of Scripture, or a clear revelation proved by miracles, or a contrary undoubted tradition apostolical for themselves, or else hope for no belief against the prescribed posses sion Of SO many ages. Our last testimony is from Bishop Hobart's Apology for Apostolic Order. The discernment and sobriety Of his words will not be denied even by those who may question his argument.
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