A Discourse about Tradition: Shewing what is Meant by It, and what Tradition is to be Received, and what Tradition is to be Rejected

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T. Basset at the George in Fleet-street, and Abel Swalle at the Unicorn in St. Paul's Church-yard, 1685 - Authority - 37 pages

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Page 2 - Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
Page 7 - That we reverently receive also the unanimous tradition or doctrine of the Church in all ages, which determines the meaning of the holy Scripture ; and makes it more clear and unquestionable in any point of faith, wherein we can find it hath declared its sense. For we look upon this tradition as nothing else but the Scripture unfolded ; not a new thing, which is not in the Scripture, but the Scripture explained and made more evident.
Page 11 - But though nothing may be taught as a piece of Religion, which hath not the fore-named original, yet I must add, that those things which have been universally believed, and not contrary to Scripture, though not written at all there, nor to be proved from thence, we do receive as pious opinions.
Page 13 - ... or his apostles. No, we refuse nothing at all, because it is unwritten, but merely because we are not sure it is delivered by that authority to which we ought to submit. Whatsoever is delivered to us by our Lord and his apostles, we receive as the very word of God ; which we think is sufficiently declared in the holy scriptures. But if any can certainly prove, by any authority equal to that which brings the scriptures to us, that there is any thing else delivered by them, we receive that also.
Page 12 - It is not necessary that traditions and ceremonies be in all places one, or utterly like ; for at all times they have been divers, and may be changed according to the diversities of countries, times, and men's manners, so that nothing be ordained against God's Word.
Page 12 - ... private judgment, willingly and purposely, doth openly break the Traditions and Ceremonies of the Church, which be not repugnant to the Word of God, and be ordained and approved by common authority, ought to be rebuked openly (that...
Page 14 - Catechism, drawn up by their order ; where we find these words, (towards the conclusion of it,) " The whole doctrine to be delivered to the faithful, is contained in the word of God ; which'' (word of God) "is distributed into scripture and tradition.
Page 14 - In this consists the main difference between us, and them of the Romish persuasion ; who affirm that Divine truth, which we are all bound to receive, to be partly written, partly delivered by word of mouth without writing. Which is not only the affirmation of the Council of Trent, but delivered in more...
Page 29 - ... they hear that word, to imagine they must rise up and oppose it. No, the scripture itself is a tradition ; and we admit all other traditions which are subordinate, and agreeable unto that, together with all those things which can be proved to be apostolical, by the general testimony of the church in all ages : nay, if any thing not contained in scripture, which the Roman church now pretends to be a part of God's word, were delivered to us, by as universal uncontrolled tradition as the scripture...

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