The Whole Works of the Right REV. Jeremy Taylor; With an Essay, Biographical and Critical
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. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ...numini verisque ejus cultoribus ut puros commendant et verecundos." They are the words of Ammianus Marcellinus whom 1 lately mentioned: "The Roman bishops might indeed be truly happy, if they, despising the splendours of the city, would live as some bishops in the provinces, whom their temperate and spare diet, their plain habit and their humble carriage, represent to God and all God's servants, as persons pure and modest." But then if this discourse have any thing of reason, piety, or truth in it, it must needs be infinitely certain, that spiritual persons are to be preferred before the temporal in spiritual honours, but not in temporal regards; they having nothing to do with them by virtue of their order or their office: what they have to their persons by the favour of princes and nobles, is of another consideration, and so this question is changed into an advice, and best ends in a sermon or declamation. Question IV. Whether the eminence of the spiritual calling, and the consequent prelation of spiritual persons, can exempt them from secular coercion, and make them superior to princes. 19. In what senses bishops have any superiority over princes, I shall afterwards explain: now the question is concerning secular superiority, and immunity from the temporal sword of princes. Now to this, I suppose, what I have already said, may be able to give an answer. For the spiritual order gives no temporal power at all; and therefore, if all temporal power be in the supreme civil magistrate, all men that can deserve to feel the edge of the sword, are subject to it. For what? Had Archimedes reason y xliii. 4. to take it ill of the Romans for not sending for him and making him general in the Syracusan war, because he was a better geometrician...
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