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so also is the Protestants opinion concerning the Infallible auchority of the Scripture true'in it self, and certitudine objecti, as the niot desperare Papists do grant, Stapleton, and Bellarmine, and all. The Scriprurè (say they) is Divine, avid true, and certain in itself, but nor quoad nos : therefore hitherto there is no difference: now to proceed. If it be a sufficient foundation for a Romanilt, that he hath Huich probable evidence of this doctrine of the Churches infallibility; why should it not be as sufficient a foundation for a Protestant, that he hath such (nay in. finitely more ) probable evidence of the doctrine of the Scriprures Infallibilicy? since the evidence of the latter is granted by the Papilts themselves , apd the evidence of the former mot onely denyed and dispuced down by the Protestants, but also questioned by their own Authors, as I have thewed at farge. This question I challenge the whole club of Jesuites, (which happily contributed to this Epistle ) folidly to answer. But now on the other fide, if they will retire to the other part of the Dilemma, and say, Ihac a subjective Infallibilicy is neceffary for particular Christians, then every Papist in England not onely hach a Pope in his belly, but hath goc his Crown also upon his head, and communicates with him in that great Prerogative of Infallibility: and truly I must do them justice; without doubt every Papist in England is as incallible as the Pope himfelf.

4. But if nothing will facisfie buc Infallibility; let us a little enquire into it, what icis, and where it lies, and what infallible and irresistible demonstrations the Romanilts have for this grand principle, for which a man must put out the eye of his reaton, & forsake che conduct of the Scripture, and depose che: Holy Spirit from his Royalty. Certainly it is madnesse in the highest to puc us off wich conjectures, and suppositions and imagined probabilities in so importanc an affaire, upon which all the rest depends,


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and to which all must strike faile, fo then the ques stion will be this, whether this pretence Intallibility be not a gratis diftum, a crude and bold affercion, or racher, whether it be evidenced with such strength and clearnelle, as to compell the affent of ail reasonable perfons : Add here I shall do the Captain and the Popish cause this right, as to confiter it in its most advancageous notion. If there be any Inallibilicy, most certain ic is, that it is in che Pope and general Councel cogecher, which is the most plausible and received opinion of the Church of Rome. And here it is that our English Apoftare, Mr Creflj, in the last Edition of his Book; centers; and here also the Capcain casts anchor : The Prelates of the Church (faith he) though as men they are fallible, per wben allembled in general Conncel with their supremne Pastor, they are ftill made infallible by the assistance of the Same boly Ghost , who was as well promised to them as to the Apostles. ( Now for this notion, I might refer the Captaine and the Reader to what I have said and proved in the fore. going Freacise, which when he, or any of his fathers shall folidly answer, it will be cime.enough chen co consider it. But because this is the sole foundation upon which che Papifts build all the reft,and Mr. Crisly adjures all Prote. ftants, that omitting or deferring all particular disputes with Catholicks, they would examine this point, Seft. 2. Chap. 19. and because I am resolved by God's help to fearch and try where the strength of this Sampson lies, (if there be any in it) 1 Mall a litcle farther consider its and if I find his arguments proportionable to his confidence and chat he is as folid in proving it, as he is daring in afsercing it, surely he will do the Chriftian world an inexe preflīble favour, and infinitely oblige all Protestants , and he will find us far from the madnesse of fighting an gainst God and our own soules. But since all is not Gold



that glisters, and our Saviour hath commanded us to try
the Spirics, and coprove all things, and not to believe
men, Taying, Lo here is Chrift, or Lo there is Chrifti;; they
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of their manifold impostures , we dare por take all chings
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It seems to be granted on boch sides, and the nature

co the ching requires ic,:- That this being a grand principle Should have the greacest evidence, wbich things of that nature can bear : and such indeed they pretend for it. So Mr Crify cells us , That as this controverhy was of infinist importance, Providence hath fuitably furnished us with means of satisfaction infinitely more capions, evident, and powerful,then in any orbir besides

. Exomolog-feet, 2.chap. 181 And again : That which I undertake to make evident 10 1.; that she Church Speaking by a general Councel,con. firmed by the Pope, is an infallible guide, (and that want more evidence then be can produce for the Scripture it felf.) Appendix to bis Exomolugefis chap 4. num.9. It is well that Saying and Doing are two things, or elfe the Proce stant caute had been quite in the dult. :f MCrely make this good, his work is done , if not, it will concern bim to remember from whence he is fallen , and repent of bis Apoftacy. So now we are come ro the point, whether the Churches so evidently proved, as they pretend? They affirm, and I deny it and the grounds of my denial have been a principal part of the foregoing discourse. I fhall forbear repetitions as much as is pofGible , and shall bere only give two argumencs to thew, That chis pretended evidence of the doctrine of Infallibility is but one of their wozea oppa ua ta, and a piece of their usual artifice, to give us confidenr affirmations instead of 'evidert proofs."; My first reason is råken from the inevidence of this




do&rine to themselves and many of their own Brethren What a desperate affertion is it, to ascribe greater evi, dence to the Charches Infallibilicy, (which is denied by many of their own Authors, ) then to the Divinity of the Scripture? (wbose evidence is so great, chat both Proteftants and Papists universally acquieice In it) I have al

ready represented the differences and dissatisfactions of d their own Auchors in this, supposed to be most evidens o point. And certainly, it can be nothing but want of evi,

dence, which hinders the affent of chose, whose interest

fo powerfully obligech them corit Particularly I have si shewed tbe vanity

of that pretende of agreement be. tween cheir divided Authors in the Infallibility of the

Pope and a Councel together, and that the several Par. $ tifans, howsoever they put them both together in name

and thew , yer in truth they ascribe the Infallibilisyen, tirely to the one or other, cicher to tbe Pope alone, or to the Councel alone, and to the other onely in dependance thereupon. Infallibility is not partly in tbeslape, and Partly in the Councel, but wholijin the Popesa (lay, che Jeluités,) and from him communicated to the Councel, who are infallible no sfarsher then they have his confent and concurrence. And on the other lide it the Counced, and in the Pope onely by participation from them, (say the Gallican Papifts,and Anti-Jesuitical party, and of this mind were those Councels that undertook the censuring and removing of Popes chemselves.) And confequently, the Infallibility of Councels nor being evident to the Jesuites and their party, and the Infallibility of the Pope not being evident to the French Papists, and many others, if follows, that there is no evidence at all in either, nor in both cogether, their own Auchors being Judges. For if I can prove to a. Jésuite, That the Pope in Cathedrá is norinfallible, he will (and by his principles mult) grant, That the addition of a Councel doch noc

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make him infalible. And if I can prove to a French Pa pist,chat a general Councel rightly called and constituted is not infallible, he will (and by his principles must) acs knowledge the Popes consent cannot render them infallible : so that indeed is either be disproved, both are disproved.

Nor doch any tbing render this evidence more darke, and the Romißh cause more contempcible, then the confideration of those poor Fig. leaves wherewith Mr. Cressy seeks to cover his Mothers nakednesse in this particular. For when Mr. Chillingworth urged this very argument against their infallible Judge , that themselves were divi ded about it, who it was, whether Pope or Councel ár. all thar Mr. Cressy answers ad rim, is this ; Thac these different Authors of theirs are all agreed in that decision of the Councel of Trent , lt bilines to the Church to be Indg of the true sense of the Holy Scripture: an answer fo desperate, that it shewes that man, who could acquiescç in it, to be, if not a Papıst by interest rather then Conscience, yet at least one given up by God to those strong de lufions, threatned to the Followers of Antichrist, 2 Thil. 2 among whom he hath now lifted himself. And doch this indeed end the differences ? doch he offer that for an Antwer, wbich his Adversary betore had acknowledged? and is this all the relief they have towards the ending of all differences, and the latisfaction of their consciences? When Alex ander was asked, To wbom bę would leave his Empire ? and he answered, To the best: since he did not at all derermine, who this best was, I think no man ia bis wits will say, this was a likely or effe&ual way to end the differences among the Græcians: It is true' the Captains were all agreed in genere, that it should be left to the best, but some thought one beft, others another, and fo the dissensions continued among them, and were not at all healed by that general agreement. In the very fame


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