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INTRODUCTION.

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Every ingenuous Romanist, in common with the Protestant, must sincerely desire to know the teachings of the Holy Scriptures on all the essential matters of faith and practice. The Scriptures are an infallible guide to the way of eternal life. If others mislead, they will not. It is wise, therefore, to give good heed to their instructions; and it is dangerous to neglect and disobey them.

Religious faith and practice are to man. kind things of transcendent importance. They should be carefully compared with what God has revealed, and retained or rejected, accordning to their agreement or disagreement with His revelation.

The following volume presents, in a brief compass, the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church on these matters, and it subjects them to an impartial examination by the Word o.

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God. It exhibits the system of Romanisme more fully than any other of equal size known to us; and, to a certain extent, it most happily meets the wants of our Country at the present time. The teachings of Rome which are here presented, are extracted from the Decisions of Councils, and Works of acknowledged authority in her communion.

To all classes, therefore, both Protestant and Roman Catholic—to ministers, Sabbathschool teachers, and heads of families, and all who wish to know the truth--the American and Foreign Christian Union respectfully offers this volume, and earnestly asks for it a candid and prayerful perusal. Such perusal, it is believed, cannot be given without profit to the reader. And if it shall contribute to enlighten and arouse the public mind in regard to the important subjects of which it treats, and to advance the Cause of Evangelical Religion, the end of its publication will have been accomplished.

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A TABLE

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ROMAN CATHOLIC DOCTRINES.

OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURE.

Chap.

Page I. The Church of Rome teacheth, that the Holy Scrip

ture does not contain all that which is necessary
to salvation,

11 II. That it is obscure,

14 III. That it is not for the People to read,

15 IV. That it is not the Judge of Controversies, .

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OF TRADITIONS.

V. That we ought to receive, with the Obedience of

Faith, many things which are not in the Scrip

ture, VI. That we ought to serve God according to the Tra

dition of the ancients,

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OF THE CHURCH.

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VII. That the Estate of the Church is always visible,
VIII. That the Church of Rome cannot fail,
IX. That God hath given to his Church such Guides

as cannot err in Faith,
X. That we ought to follow those Teachers who have

Succession,
XI. That Multitude is a Mark of the Church, .
XII. That Temporal Felicity is a Mark of the Church,
XIII. That Miracles are a Mark of the Church,

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