Several tracts, by ... John Hales, viz. i. Of the sacrament of the Lord's supper [&c. Preceded by] A tract concerning the sin against the Holy Ghost. To which is added, his letter to archbishop Laud, occasion'd by his tract of schism

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Page 89 - But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
Page 183 - Scripture, administration of sacraments in the plainest and simplest manner, were matter enough to furnish out a sufficient liturgy, though nothing either of private opinion, or of Church pomp, of garments, of prescribed gestures, of imagery, of music, of matter concerning the dead, of many superfluities, which creep into the Churches under the name of order and decency, did interpose itself.
Page 183 - For consider of all the liturgies that are or ever have been, and remove from them whatsoever is scandalous to any party, and leave nothing but what all agree on, and the event shall be, that the public service and honour of God shall no ways suffer : whereas to load our public forms with the private fancies upon which we differ, is the most sovereign way to perpetuate schism unto the world's end.
Page 172 - I call that matter of fact when something is required to be done by us which we either know, or strongly suspect, to be unlawful. So the first notable schism of which we read in the church contained in it matter of fact ; for it being upon error taken for necessary that an Easter must be kept, and upon worse than error, if I may so speak, (for it was no less than...
Page 172 - I say, thought further necessary, that the ground for the time of our keeping that feast must be the rule left by Moses to the Jews ; there arose a stout question, whether we were to celebrate with the Jews on the fourteenth moon, or the Sunday following ? This matter, though most unnecessary, most vain, yet caused as great a combustion as ever was in the Church ; the West separating and refusing communion with the East, for many years together.
Page 165 - ... mistake, spread throughout all the writings of the ancients, in which their names are familiarly confounded ;) Schism, I say, upon the very sound of the word, imports division ; division is not, but where communion is, or ought to be. Now communion is the strength and ground of all society, whether sacred or civil. Whosoever therefore they be, that offend against this common society and friendliness of men, and cause separation and breach among them ; if it be in civil occasions, are guilty of...
Page 218 - I come to particulars, to speak for myself thus much in general. If they be errors which I have here vented, as perchance they are, yet my will hath no part in them, and they are but the issues of unfortunate inquiry.
Page 190 - Nature and religion agree in this, that neither of them had a hand in this heraldry of secundum sub et supra; all this comes from composition and agreement of men among themselves; wherefore this abuse of Christianity to make it lacquey to ambition, is a vice for which I have no extraordinary name of ignominy, and an ordinary I will not give it, lest you should take so transcendent a vice to be but trivial.
Page 207 - Epiphanius tells us that Peter and Paul were both bishops of Rome at once ; by which it is plain, he took the title of bishop in another sense than now it is used ; for now, and so for a long time upward, two bishops can no more possess one see, than two hedge-sparrows dwell in one bush. St. Peter's time was a little too early for bishops to rise.
Page 62 - Again, when such persons are thus met, their way to proceed to conclusion is not by weight of reason, but by multitude of votes and suffrages, as if it were a maxim in nature that the greater part must needs be the better ; whereas our common experience shows that Nunquam ita bene agitur cum rebus hwnanis, lit p lures sint meliores.

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