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“ It is a sad thing, says Bishop Bull, to see
an ignorant Mechanick prefer his own small « wisdom before the wisdom of the whole Church 6 wherein he lives ; and dare to tax the most deo liberate and advised fanctions and constitutions " of the learned and holy Father's of it of impru“ dence and folly.” Serm. V. Vol. I. p. 213.
A Protestant Divine should take care how,
he handles this subject. A Bishop of the Romisla
Church would have said the same thing of a reformed mechanick, who should have presumed to flight the Decrees of Popes and Councils. This terininates at last in the doctrine of implicit faith, and blind obedience.---Tendimus in Latium.
What St. Paul and other Apostles pronounce against the hereticks of their time, is not to be applied to all those, who in these later ages err in matters of faith. They neither despise the Apostles, nor reject the Gospel : nor do they usually seem to be seduced from the right way by views of honour or of profit. Many of them might say to the church, as Æneas to Dido,
Invitus, regina, tuo ilulitore cefli.
Dr. Waterland, in one of his books of. Controversy, chofe for his motto, from Acts IX. 5.
'Εγώ ειμι Ιησές, όν συ διώκεις. ,
“ I am Jefus, whom thou persecutest." To which his antagonist replied, from I. Pet,
“ος λοιδορέμενος, εκ ανlελοιδόρει.
There is a proposition contained in our Articles, which I do not remember to have seen discussed by any writer upon that subject ; which, I believe, few of the Subscribers ever examined; but which, I think, every one may safely receive with implicit faith. It is this:
“ The Churches of Hierufalen, Alexandria, and Antioch, have erred.” Art, XIX.
Dr. Courayer 'vi ended the regularity and validity of - Ordinations; and we are obliged to
him for doing us justice in that point.* But, after all, it is a question of no importance; for the consent of a Christian nation makes all acts of that kind good and valid.
Barrow, in his Opuscula, endeavours to mollify the damnatory clauses in the Athanasian Creed. He says that “ they condemn only those, who, against the conviction of their own conscience, reject the doctrine of the Trinity laid down in that Creed.”-I am glad to hear it ; for no person, I believe, can easily be guilty of such
* Of this celebrated and excellent man, concerning whom too much can hardly be said by the friends of that moderation, charity; good temper, and sound learning, for which he was remarkable; See what is said in the “ Anecdotes of Bowyer,” p. 83, 544; and “The Epistolary Correspondence, &c. of Bishop Atterbury,” published by Mr. Nichols, 1787, Vol. IV. p. 103. He died October 17, 1776, after two days' illness, at the great age of 95. -The writer of this note perfectly remembers, that about a short time before the event, 'he dined in a family party at Ealing, where the venerable Doctor was present. He began and ate as he liked; but upon the remove, and a fresh supply of what Lord Chesterfield used to call kitchen stuff and cellar stuff, the lady of the house asked the fage, what she should help him to. “ Oh, pardon me, Madame, (said he) and do not tax an old man with profaneness, when I assure you, that seldom in my life have I trusted to providence for a second-course."
The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper is a public religious action, rite, or ceremony, in “ Commemoration of the death of Christ, and of the benefits which we receive thereby.” Every thing advanced concerning it, beyond and besides this, is precarious and far-fetched.
When it is considered what advantages we receive from the sufferings of our Lord, it seems improper to commemorate his beneficial death with mourning and fasting: and when it is considered how much he suffered, it seems as improper to commemorate his death by a feast, or a banquet.
This ceremony, therefore, is neither a feast, nor a fast; but something between both. It is a short, sober, frugal repait, on a piece of bread, and a draught of wine.
I bave some doubt whether nota, for notes, is good Latin: But since notare means to observe, why should not note. mean Observations, Notes, Remarks?
He Nile is called by the Greeks Ménas, by the Hebrews Shihor, Niger. Pausanias fays, that the images of all the River-Gods were made of white fione,-except that of the Nile, which was of black, Porphyry observes, that the statues of the Gods were often made of black marble, to denote the inconspicuous nature of the Deity. Toarei do âu και μέλανι λιθο 1ο αφανές αυτς 1ης εσίας εδήλωσαν, See Eusebius, Præp. Evang. III. 7. P. 98.
The Abbe Couture, in his Dissertation on the