Images de page

Testimony of the Fathers reviewed. The author's
former protest and explanations on this subject disre:

garded by Dr. Bowden-Charge of suppressing testimo-

ny from the Fathers un founded-Charge of misrepre-

senting the testimony of other Fathers equally unfounded

The Fathers of the third and fourth centuries ought

: not to be credited, even if they had asserted the apostoli.
cal institution of PrelacyBut they do not assert it
The number of Bishops, in early times, a strong argu-
-ment against Prelacy~The relation of Bishops to pare
ticular flocks equally conclusive against the diocesan
scheme-Additional testimony from the Fathers-Hila-
ry-Chrysostom-Basil-Fourth Council of Carthage

Apostolical Constitutions-Sixth general Council of
ConstantinopleCouncil of Aix la Chapelle-Duties of
the primitive Bishop show that he was not a diocesan,

favourable to Prelacy-Demonstration that this was not
the case-Particular quotations from Calvin's Institutes
and Commentary to show that he was a uniform believe
er in the apostolic institution of Presbyterianism-Pas-
sages from Calvin's writings alleged to be favourable to
Prelacy, shown to be of a directly opposite character
The assertion, that Calvin was never ordained, refuted

The high honour in which he was held by Archbishop
Cranmer, and the other English Reformers-His influ.
ence over those Reformers. The prevalence of his opin.
ions, at an early period, in the Church of England-
Testimonies in favour of Calvin by eminent Episcopal
writers. The personal character of Calvin vindicated
His conduct in the cases of Castalio, Perrin, Gruet, Bol-
see, and Servetus,'set in a true lightDr. Bowden and
Mr. How throw out many reflections against Calvinism

In doing this, they oppose the thirty-nine Articles of
their own Church, and many of the most eminent Re-
formers of that Church, as well as the Scriptures-The
difficulties of Calvinism-Still greater difficulties in Ar-
minianism Consequences of rejecting the former, and
embracing the latter. p. 278—340.


Testimony of the Successors of the Reformers-Le
Blanc-Chamier- Danau-Bochart-Claude-Daillé

dæus-The Synod of Dort-Mr. How's astonishing
misconceptions and misrepresentations of that Synod.
Its testimony shown to be strongly in favour of Presby.
teriun parity Testimony of some distinguished members
of that Synod in their private capacity Gomarus-

« PrécédentContinuer »