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Protestant fonconformitp.

BY JOSIAH CONDER.

« We are to be concerned for this interest, not merely as the cause of
a distinct party, but of truth, honour, and liberty; and I will add, in a great
measure, the cause of serious piety too."

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PRINTED FOR JOSIAH CONDER, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARD,

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BOOK III.

ON THE RITES AND SERVICES OF THE CHURCH.'

CHAP. I.

The Rule of Public Worship.

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Protestant

81. W hen Martin Luther first published The suffici

ency of the his ninety-five theses against Indulgencies, no- Scriptures, thing could be more remote from his thoughts, tiou-stone of than any project of delivering his countrymen ism. from the Papal thraldom. Could he have anticipated the consequences of that bold measure, he would have shrunk with horror from the prospect. At that period, he entertained no suspicion against the Divine origin of the Papacy. His professions of dutiful respect for the authority of the Holy See were perfectly sincere; nor was it till the unjust and oppressive measures taken by the Court of Rome to silence him, had put him upon the necessity of self-defence, that he proceeded to examine the principles upon which his unconditional submission was exacted; and, pushing on his in

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