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THE

WORKS

OF

WILLIAM CHILLINGWORTH, M. A.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

Rex arbitratur, rerum absolute necessariarum ad salutem non magnum esse numerum. Quare

existimat ejus majestas, nullam ad ineundam concordiam breviorem viam fore, quam si
diligenter separentur necessaria a non necessariis, et ut in necessariis conveniat, omnis
opera insumatur : in non necessariis libertati Christianæ locus detur. Simpliciter neces-
saria Rex appellat, quæ vel expresse verbum Dei præcipit credenda faciendave, vel ex verbo
Dei necessaria consequentia vetus ecclesia elicuit.Si ad decidendas hodiernas contro-
versias hæc distinctio adhiberetur, et jus divinum a positivo sui ecclesiastico candide
separaretur; non videtur de iis quæ sunt absolute necessaria, inter pios et moderatos viros,
longa aut acris contentio futura. Nam et pauca illa sunt, ut modo dicebamus, et fere ex
æquo omnibus probantur, qui se Christianos dici postulant. Atque istam distinctionem
Sereniss. Rex tanti putat esse momenti ad minuendas controversias, quæ hodie Ecclesiam
Dei tantopere exercent, ut omnium pacis studiosorum judicet officium esse, diligentissime
hanc explicare, docere, urgere.

Isaac. Casaubon, in Epist. ad Card. Perron. Regis Jacobi nomine scripta.

OXFORD
AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS.

MDCCCXXXVIII.

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CHARITY

MAINTAINED BY CATHOLICS.

PART I.

CHAPTER IV.

To say

that the Creed contains all points necessarily to be believed, is neither pertinent to the question in hand, nor

in itself true. “ I SAY, neither pertinent nor true. Not pertinent ;

; because our question is not what points are necessary to be explicitly believed; but what points may be lawfully disbelieved or rejected after sufficient proposition that they are Divine truths. You say, the Creed contains all points necessary to be believed : be it so: but doth it likewise contain all points not to be disbelieved ? Certainly it doth not. For how many truths are there in holy scripture not contained in the Creed, which we are not obliged distinctly and particularly to know and believe, but are bound, under pain of damnation, not to reject, as soon as we come to know that they are found in holy scripture; and we having already shewed that whatsoever is proposed by God's church as a point of faith is infallibly a truth revealed by God, it followeth, that whosoever denieth any such point opposeth God's sacred testimony, whether that point be contained in the Creed or no. In vain then was your care employed to prove, that all points of faith necessary to be explicitly believed are contained in the Creed. Neither was that the catalogue which

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