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P R E F A C E. And Hereticks have no Claim to Christianitv, un.m less they pretend to the Faith first deliver'd to the Saints.
15. I must therefore beg leave to say, because it is undeniably true, that all Hereticks and Schif maticks, who ever were in Christendom, have accus'd the Catholick Church of UNCHARITABLENESS. All Schismaticks have proclaim'd ber
All Hereticks have proclaim'd ber uncharitable, by coining new Articles of Faith, and obliging all Men to believe them. A Consideration, which ought to make our Adversaries more backward in renewing the Charge. For Here. ticks and Schifmaticks are bad Precedents. And S. Augustin makes it a Question, Whether is in the more dangerous Condition, a moft vicious Catholick, or a Person who is guilty of Heresy only?
16. The Subje£t, which is treated in the fol
seem'd, that I could neither dispatch it in fewer Words, nor set it in a clearer Light, than by the Familiar Method of QUESTIONS and AnSWERS. But I hope the Reader will be so kind both to himself and me, as to bear the Question
(16) Utrum autem Catholicum peflimis moribus, alicui Hæretico in cujus vita præter id quod Hæreticus est, non inveniunt homines quod reprehendant, præponere debeamus, non audeo precipitare Sententiam. Lib. iv. de Bapt. Cap. XX.
constantly in Mind, as long as be is reading the
in a small Character, at the Top of every Page.
June 28. Anno 1727.
that he can live. p. 34, I. 28, by such, r. such. p. 42,
In the Bottom Notes.
r. Subjicere. l. 7,r. E. Pour. p. 95, l. 1, r. infuper. 1.3, r. ex-
p. 109, 1. 8, r. Oghodobia. p. 115, 1. 4, r. Ixi, Non. p. 116, 1.
Lesser Faults I hope the Reader will pardox ; As when Verbs
I writ that part of it, tho not the whole Book.
Is it a great and grievous Sin, for any one to live
Is not this general Rule, that none are sav'd out of the
Is not this the Word of Faith, that if you fall con.
God, and works Righteousness, is acceptable to him. A As X. v. 34, 35? And lastly, that whoever fall call upon The Name of the Lord, foall be fav’d. Rom. x. v. 13. Quest. 12.
p 54 Does not the Scripure fay, or suppose, that of all Religions a Remnant fall be Jav'd?
P:56 Quest. 13. Is not a Reformation, in wicked Times, a real and great Blessing ?
P:57 Quest. 14. Cannot a Man be fav’d at present, if he be in Communion with the Apostles, and with the Catholick Church of the three first Ages ? p. 70
CH A P. II. Invincible Necessity and invincible Ignorance, are the only Exceptions from the GENERAL RULE ao bove mention'd.
P: 77 Quest. 1. What is meant by invincible Neceffity, and by in. vincible Ignorance ?
P: 72 Queft. 2. Can a Person be fav’d, who dies, by invincible Neo ceffity, out of the Catholick Church?
p. 75 Queft. 3. Does invincible Ignorance excuse Men from the Guilt of Herefy and Schism?
P. Quest. 4. Is any one far'd by invincible Ignorance? p. 82
Quest.fo Cannot a Person, who is out of the Catholicko Church, have a saving Faith, in any Communion of Christians, who believe the Trinity and the Incarnation, if he be invincibly ignorant of the Heresy and Schism, in which he is engag’d? 'p. 83
Queft. 6. Can a Person be in a State of Salvation, who is out of the Catholick Church, and who (by invincible Ignorance of his Duty) positively refuses to be a Catholick ?
Queft.. What think you of those, who hold, that a Per. fon may be fav’d, in any Communion of Chriftians, without invincible Ignorance ?
p. 88 Queft.
Queft. 8. Is lenorance always invincible, when a Man follows his Conscience, and acts without Remorse? p. 89
Quest. 9. If the Catholick Church did not think all Persons damn'd, who refuse to die in her Faith and Com. munion; why does not she give them Christian Bu. tial ? Why does not she pray for them, as she does even for publick Sinners, who die in her Communion ?
p. 92 Quest. 10. Can Scholars, who make Religion their Study, have invincible Ignorance of the true Church? p. 93
Queft. 11. How is invincible Ignorance to be had? p. 100
: CH A P. III. The CATHOLICK COMMUNION is the Communion of those, who are known by the Name of CaTHOLICKS,and who have had this name in all Ages. Quest. 1.
p. ioa Can the Catholick Church be in separate Communions, as in that of Catholicks, of Protestants, of modern Greeks, &c.
Ibid. Queft. 2. Is not the universal Church in one Communion a plain Contradiction?
Quest. 3. Is the Catholick Church upon Earth always in Being, from her first Foundation and Enlargement by Christ and bis Apostles, to the End of the World? Queft. 4.
p. 122 Is the Catholick Church upon Earth, always a visible and known Society ?
. P. 124 Quest. s. Is the Catholick Church always Orthodox ? p. 128
Quest. 6. Are not new Terms of Communion, new Defi. nitions of Faith, and new Creeds a manifest Proof of the Church's Unorthodoxy ?
Queft. %. What Rule does the Catholick Church follow, in her Definitions of Faith ?
p. It Quest.