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Arch-Bishop Laud was Bishop Burnet, in his charged at his Tryal (a- Exposition of the Thirty mongst other Particulars) fifch Article, which is with
thwarting the Do- incituled Of Homilies, &rin of the Homilies, faies, which are confirmed in By this Approbation of the the Thirty fifth Article, Two Books of Homilies it is upon the account of his not meant, that
not meant that every Palage countenancing Images in of Scripture, or Argument Churches, &c. To this that is made use of in them, he replies,
is always convincing, or that My Answer was, First, every Expression is to severeThut though we Subscribed ly worded, that it may not generally to the Doctrine of need a little Correction or the Homilies, as good ; yet Explanation. All that we we did not express, or mean profess about them, is only thereby to justifie and main- that they contain a godly tain every particular Phrase and wholefom Doctrine. or Sentence contained in This rather relates to the them. And Secondly, That main Importance and Design the very Words of the Artic of them, than to every Pafcle to which we subscribe, Sage in them.----------This Are, Thac the Homilies Approbation is not to be do contain a godly and stretched so far, as to carry a wholesom Doctrine, in it a special Allent to every and necessary for those Particular in that whole VoTimes. Godly, and whole- lume ; but a man must be fom for all Times; but ne- perfuaded of the main of the cessary for those, when Peo- Do&trine that is taught in ple were newly weaned from them.---------By necessary the Worship of Images: Af- for these Times, is not to terwards, neither the Dan- be meant, that this was a ger, nor i be Scondal alike. Book fit to serve a Turn; Mr. Brown in his Reply but only that this Book was fiid, Thac fince the Do-necell.iry at that Time, to atrine contained in the instruct the Nation uright, Homi. ?
Homiles was wholesom and so was of great use then. and good, it must needs ' But though the Doctrine in be necessary also for all it, if once true, must be alTimes. But this worthy ways true, yet it will not be Gentleman is herein much. always of the same Necesity mistaken. Strong Meat, as to the People
. p. 375, 376, well Spiritual as Bodily, is good and wholesom; but tho' it be to, yet if it had been necessary at all Times, and for all Men, the Apostle would never bave fed the Corinthians with Milk, and not with Meat : The
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I will add, that the Author of The Hereditary Right of the Crown of England asserted, having confuted di. verse Mistakes in the Homily against Rebellion, excuses himself by saying, p. 63. If any should be offended with the Liberty bere taken with the Humily, I must again assure my Reader, it proceeds not from the least Disa affe&tion to the Composers, much less to the Doctrine of it, which is the only thing we are oblig'd to maintain ; not the Arguments made use of to prove it.
I need not observe, that Arch-Bishop Laud, Bishop Burnet, the aforesaid Author, and my self, do exactly agree in our Sense of what this Article faies touching the Homilies.
I know of no Difficulty that remains, except it should be imagin'd, that those who subscribe the Thirty fifth Article in this Sense, can't honestly
read the Homilies; because, perhaps, whatsoever Homily they read, may contain something which they disapprove. But I defire it may be remembred, that tho’he who is prefuined to preach his own Sermon, is thereby supposed to deliver his own Sense in every Clause and Proposition, and consequently muff, to avoid the Guilt of lying, inwardly
approve what he utters with his Mouth : vec che Case is vastly different, when a Man professes, and is un-derstood, to read an Homily compofed by another. For then, tho' he is obliged by his Subscription to own the general Do&trin, yet he is not esteemed by the Auditory to deliver what is precisely the Sense of his own Mind; but such a Latitude is indulg'd him, that he may in smaller Matters dissent from the Form he pronounces, without the least imputation or color of Insincerity; the bạre Suspicion of which a Clergyman ought to avoid and abhor in the whole Course of his Actions.
The THIRTY SIXTH ARTICLE
Of Confecration of Bishops and Ministers. THE
FIE bock of Consecration of Arch-bishops, and Bishops,
and ordering of Priests and Deacons, lately set forth in the time of Edward VI. and confirmed at the same time by authority of Parliament, doth contain all things necessary to such consecration and ordering ; neither bath it any thing that of it self is Superftitivus and ungodly. And therefore whosoever are confécrated or ordered according to the rites of that book, since the second year of the aforenamed King Edward, unto this time, or hereafter full be. consecrated or ordered according to the same rites, we decree all such to be rightly, orderly, and lawfully consecrated and ordered.
In the Act for Uniformity of Public Prayers passed in the Fourteenth of King Charles the Second, we have these Words following.
Provided always, That whereas the fix and thirtieth Article of the nine and thirty Articles agreed upon by the Archbishops and Bishops of both Provinces, and the whole Clergy, in the Convocation holden at London, in the Year of our Lord One thousand Five hundred Sixty two, for the avoiding of Diversity of Opinions, and for establishing of Consent touching true Religion, is in these words follow
That the Book of Consecration of Archbishops, and “ Bishops, and Ordaining of Priests and Deacons, lately
set forth in the Time of King Edward the Sixth, and a confirmed at the same time by Authority of Parliament, “ doth.contain all things necessary to such Consecration and " Ordaining, neither hath it any thing that is of it self “ Superstitious and Ungodly, and therefore whosoever are “ Consecrated or Ordered according to the Rites of that “ Book, since the Second Year of the aforenamed King “ Edward unto' this time, or hereafter shall be Consecracted or Ordered according to the same Rites ; We decree “ all such to be rightly, orderly, and lawfully Consecrated " and Ordered.
It be enacted, and be it therefore enaĉted by the Authority aforesaid, That all Subscriptions hereafter to be bad or made unto the said Articles, by any Deacon, Priest, or Ecclesiastical Person, or other person whatsoever, who by this Act, or any other Law now in Force, is required to subscribe unto the said Articles, shall be construed and taken to extend, and shall be applied (for and touching the said Six and thirtieth Article) unto the Book containing the Form and Manner of Making, Ordaining, and Consecrating of
Bishops, Priests and Deacons, in this A&t mentioned, in such * fort and manner as the same did heretofore extend unto the
Book set forth in the Time of King Edward the Sixth, mentioned in the said Six and thirtieth Article; any thing in the said Article, or in any Statute, Axt, or Canon beretofore h.:d or made to the contrary thereof, in
in any will notwithstanding.
This being premised, the Thirty Sixth Article contains Three Propositions. 1. The Book of Confecration of Arch-bishops
and Bishops, and ordering of Priests and Deacons, lately set forth in the Time of Edward the Sixth, and confirmed at the same time by Authority of Parliament (and afterwards altered in the Fourteenth Year of King Charles the Second) doth contain all things necessary to
fuch Consecration and Ordering. 2. The Book of Consecration of Arch-bishops
and Bishops, and ordering of Priests and Deacons, lately set forth in the Time of Edward the Sixth, and confirmed at the same time by Authority of Parliament (and afterwards altered in the Fourteenth Year of King Charles the Second) hath not any thing that of it self is superstitious and ungodly. Whosoever are consecrated or ordered according to the Rites of that Book, since the Second Year of the aforenam'd King Edward, unto this Time, or hereafter shall be conse crated or ordered according to the same Rites, we decree all such to be rightly, orderly, and lawfully consccrated and ordered, The First and Second Propositions suppose, according to the Doctrin of the Twenty third Article, that the Persons who confecrate or ordain, have Authority fo to do," The only Cuestion therefore