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RAL COUNCILS, AND THE DOCTRINES AND DIS-
THE HIGH ESTIMATION
IN WHICH THE GENERAL
COUNCILS AND DECREES OF THE PRIMITIVE
THE PAPISTS SHEW, NOT ONLY TO THEM, BUT
THE RECAPITULATION OF THE APOLOGY ......
Answeare in Defence of the
Churche of Englande,
caith a Brieft and Plaine Declaration
The True Religion professed and used in
(Facsimile Ed. MDLXVIX.)
Holy Learning, sacred Arts;
Let him that would be truly blest,
ABEL REDIVIVUS, p. 814. ed. Lond. 1651.
CHURCH OF ENGLAND.
THE OPPOSITION AND ILL-TREATMENT WHICH THE PROFESSORS OF CHRISTIANITY HAVE IN ALL AGES
subject to persecution.
Troth always It has been an old complaint, even
from the time of the patriarchs and prophets, which is fully confirmed by the writers of all ages, that Truth is considered a mere * stranger upon earth, and generally exposed to the enmity and persecution of the ignorant.
Although this may appear incredible to some, who have not given the subject due consideration, more especially since man, uninfluenced by the instruction of a master, is naturally anxious
* Tertull. in Apologetico.
to discover truth; and Christ himself, our Saviour, when on earth, was desirous of being distinguished by that appellation as most expressive of his divine attributes: yet we, who are well acquainted with the Scriptures, and have both read and seen what hath happened to men of piety in all ages; to the prophets, apostles, holy martyrs, and to Christ himself: with what insults, revilings, and indignities they have been persecuted for the sake of truth alone:-we (I say) find nothing new or incredible in this, but consider it as a thing well known, and commonly practised in all ages. On the contrary, it would appear much more worthy our admiration if the Devil,* who is the father of lies, and the enemy of all truth, should now on a sudden change his nature, and hope to suppress truth by any other means than falsehood; or undertake now to establish his kingdom by any other arts than those which he has practised from the first. For whether we consider Religion in its rise, progress, or reformation, we shall scarcely find a single period on record, wherein virtue and truth were not subjected to every species of reproach and persecu
* St. John viii. 44.