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The Spiritual Courts epitomised, in a dialogue betwixt two proctors, Busy-
the year 1641. Quarto, containing eight pages . 4O2
A PROTESTANT AND PAPIST;
Against the Surmises and Objections made to the Contrary,
By Robert Bellanmne and Casar Barenius, Cardinals: Florimondus Ramondus, N. D. and other Popish Writers,
Impudently denying the same.
BY ALEXANDER COOKE.
London, printed by John Haviland, for William Garret; and are to be sold at hi* (bop in Paul's Church-yard, at the sign of the Bull's Mead. 162s. Quarto, containing one hundred and forty pages.
To the most Reverend Father in God, Tobias, my Lord Archbishop of York's Grace, Primate and Metropolitan of England.
IT is lamentable to consider how many stars are fallen of late from heaven, how many goddesses on earth have departed from the faith, and given heed unto the spirit of errors and doctrines of slanderers, to wit, the Papists; yet, methinks, it is no matter of wonderment, because we read, that, '' If men receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved, God, in his justice, will give them strong delusions to
1 This is the ljlst number of the Catalogue of Pamphlets in the Harlelaa Lihrary.
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believe lyes, that they may be damned': for few or none of these late apostates, for aDy thing I can learn, were ever in love with the truth. Among us they were, but they were not of us, as now appears by their departing from us; for, if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; doubtless, they would never have fallen to popery. For, though popery be managed after the most politick manner, yet, in itself, it is a gross religion; and the perfecters thereof as shameless men in avowing manifest untruths, and denying known truths, as ever set pen to paper; all which it is as easy to prove, as to object against them. But my purpose, at this time, is, to lay open their shame in denying known truths; which, though it may be shewed by divers particulars, as, namely, by ' Parsons's and'Bishop's denying that they call their Pope their Lord God; by * Bellarmine's denying that any Jesuit had any hand in the powder-treason; by their 'general denying that Pope Honorius the First was an heretick, and by such like; yet most apparently their impudency appears in denying the report of Pope Joan, which is proved by a cloud of witnesses, in this discourse (which I make bold to present unto your Grace) for they are driven to feign, to forge, to cog, to play the tools, and, in plain English, to lye all manner of lyes for the covering of their shame in this. Onuphrius, Harding, Saunders, Cope, Genebrard, Bellarminc, Bcrnartius, Florimondus, Papyrius Masso, Baronius, Parsons, and divers others, who have joined hand in hand, with purpose to carry this cause away by a strong hand, are so intanglcd in it, that it is with them, as with birds in the-lime-twigs, which stick the faster in, by how much they flutter the more to get out. Which if your Grace, upon perusing at your best leisure, shall find true, my humble desire is, that you will give me leave to publish it under your Grace's name; partly, that, by it, the simpler sort (for I write not for the learned) may have a taste, by this, of the honesty, or rather dishonesty, of Papists, in handling of points in controversy; and, partly, that it may be a testimony of that reverent respect, which I acknowledge due to such church-governors, as your Grace is, who give atendance unto reading, which the 'apostle willed Timothy to do, and, after the example of the ancient bishops, preach often, drawing on others, not by words only, but by example also, to performance of like exercises. Hereafter, if it please God, that health and means of books servo, I shall light on some more profitable argument. In the mean while, I pray God strengthen your Grace's hands to the finishing of the Lord's work, in the province wherein you sit, as one of the seven angels in the seven churches mentioned in the Revelation; that, by your Grace's means, the epha, wherein popish wickedness sitteth, may be lifted up between the earth and the heaven, and carried out of the north into the land of Sinar, and set there upon his own place.
Your Grace's at Commandment,
1 KT. P. Tn his W.irnword to Sir Francis Hastings's Watehword, Encounter I. cup. 2.
t In his Reproof of Dr. Abbot's Defence ot' Mr. Perkins's Preface to In© Reader, p. 10.
3 Apolucia ad Jib. Jacob Mng BiiUti. Regis, cap. XT. p. COB.
4 lii Harm. I'ajcn. Pignuts, &c. i) 1 Tim, iv. 13.
To the Popish, or Catholich Reader.
PAPIST, or Catholick, chuse whether name thou hast a mind to (fur, though I know, that, of late years, thou art proud of both, even of the name 'papist, as well as of the name'catholick, yet I envy thee neither; only I would have thee remember, that that firebrand of hell, Hildebrand, commonly called Gregory the Seventh, 'was the first man who challenged it, as his sole right, to be called Papa, that is Pope, whence thou art called papist; and that divers are of opinion, as 'Hugo de Victore noteth, that, in some sense, the devil might be called a catholick.) I offer unto thee here a discourse touching Pope Joan, (if thou darestread it, for fear of falling into thy Pone's curse) whose popedom I will make good unto thee, not by the testimonies of Pantaleon, and Functius, and Sleidan, and Illyricus, and Constantius Phrygio, and John Bale, and Robert Barnes, because thou 'hast condemned their persons, and their books too, to hell; but by the testimonies of thy brethren, the sons of thy own mother, because as "one saith, firmwn est gains probationis, quod etiam ab adversario swnitur, ut Veritas etiam ab iiiimicis veritatis probetur: 'That is a strong proof, which is wrung out of the adversary, when the enemies of truth are driven to bear witness unto the truth.' And, as 'another, Amid contra amicurn, Sr inimici pro inhnico, invincible testimonium est: which sounds, as I conceive it, thus: 'The testimony of a papist aganist a papist, and the testimony of a papist for a protestant, is without exception.' The reason why I have framed it in way of dialogue, was, that I might meet more fully with all the cavils, which thy proctors use in pleading of this case; and that it might be better understood of common readers, who are sooner gulled with continued discourses. If I have spoken truly, I would have thee bear witness with me unto the truth ; if otherwise, I am content thou strike me: for, though I hold thy pa-pism, in so me respect, to be worse than atheism, agreeably to a speech fathered upon Epiphanius, x'k^ " <"u»»io'a T?,; ijnc,ia?, heresy is worse than infidelity, and, by consequent, thyself a dangerous neighbour to dwell by; because, as one of thy own * doctors writes, certi periculosius est cum hareticis, quam cum samaritanis quam cum gentilibus, aut Mahumetanis agere: 'It is, questionless, more dangerous to dwell by an hcretick, than to dwell by a Samaritan, by an Heathen, by a Turk:' yet I am not so far out of love with thee, but I can be content to learn of thee, as 'St. Augustine did of Tyconius the heretick, if thou canst teach me. Yea, I profess, that, though it may be gathered out of '0 Campian, thy champion and Tyburn-martyr, that thou believest one heaven cannot hold
1 Baron. Annot. in Martyrol. Rom. Octob. lfi. b. Lorinns in Act. Apost. cap. xx. vers. 30. Au.istas!u5 Cochelet. Palxstrita Honoris D. HallenMS pro Lipsio, cap. i. pag. 6. .
2 Bellann. Lib. iv. de Eccleaia, cup. 4. Rhero. Annot. in Act. xi. 26. 3 Baron. AnnoU in Martyrol. Jtoro. Jan. 10. o. 4 Annot. in 1 ad Cor. xiii. 5 In indice Lib. prohibit. 6 Novatian. de Trinitatct cap. 18. num. 86. inter Opera Tertulliani.
7 Vives de Instrumeuto Probabiiitatis. 8 Maldonat in Joban- iv. 0. 9 Lib. ti.
Retract, cap, 18. 10 ILtio. 10.