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Testimony of the Fathers reviewed The author's

former protest and explanations on this subject disre.

garded by Dr. Bowden--Charge of suppressing testimo-

my 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 par-
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
Constantinople--Council of Aix la Chapelle-Duties of
the primitive Bishop show that he was not diocesani

roneous one

Testimony of the ReformersFurther proof that the
Waldenses were Presbyterians Additional testimony
also that the Bohemian brethren embraced the doctrine
of ministerial parity-The attempts of Dr. Bowden and
Mr. How to show that the English Reformers were be-
lievers in the divine right of Prelacy, examined and
shown to be insufficient-Dr. Bowden represents the
first reformation in Scotland, under Knox, as prelatical
in its character. This representation shown to be an er-

- Testimony of the Reformers on the conti.
nent of Europe-Luther-Augustan Confession-De-

fence of the Augustan Confession-Smalkald Articles

Syllabus of controverted Points-Confession of Saxony

Confession of Witemberg-French Confession-Bel-

gic Confession--Second Helvetic Confession-Confession

of Bohemia-Ursinus-Musculus-Szegedin-Junius-

Sadeel-Crakenthorf-Further proof that the Churches

of Sweden and Denmark are not, and never were, Epise

copal, in Dr. Bowden's 'sense of the word-Recapitula.

tion. p. 217-277.

Testimony of Calvin-Extraordinary pains taken by
modern high-churchmen to abuse and blacken the charac-
ter of this Reformer-Presbyterianism established in
Geneva before Calvin saw that city--This Refor.
mer alleged to have been, in the early part of his life

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 onposite 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, Bolo
sec, and Servetus, set in a true light-Dr. 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- DanauBochart---Claude-Daillé
dausThe Synod of Dort-Mr. How's astonishing
misconceptions and misrepresentations of that Synod-
Its testimony shown to be strongly in favour of Presby-
terian parity-Testimony of some distinguished members
of that Synod in their private capacity-Gomarus

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