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Author: Higgons, Theophilus, 1578?-1659.
Title: The first motiue of T.H. Maister of Arts, and lately minister, to suspect the integrity of his religion which was detection of falsehood in D. Humfrey, D. Field, & other learned protestants, touching the question of purgatory, and prayer for the dead. VVith his particular considerations perswading him to embrace the Catholick doctrine in theis, and other points. An appendix intituled, try before you trust. Wherein some notable vntruths of D. Field, and D. Morton are discouered.
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2012 November (TCP phase 2)
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Print source: The first motiue of T.H. Maister of Arts, and lately minister, to suspect the integrity of his religion which was detection of falsehood in D. Humfrey, D. Field, & other learned protestants, touching the question of purgatory, and prayer for the dead. VVith his particular considerations perswading him to embrace the Catholick doctrine in theis, and other points. An appendix intituled, try before you trust. Wherein some notable vntruths of D. Field, and D. Morton are discouered.
Higgons, Theophilus, 1578?-1659.

[Douai]: Printed [by P. Auroi], 1609.
Alternate titles: First motive of T.H. Maister of Arts, and lately minister, to suspect the integrity of his religion Try before you trust. First motive of T.H. Maister of Arts, and lately minister, to suspect the integrity of his religion.
Notes:
T.H. = Theophilus Higgons.
Printer's name and address from STC.
"Try before you trust" has separate dated title page, pagination, and register.
Reproduction of the original in the Bodleian Library.
Subject terms:
Catholic Church -- Apologetic works.
Protestantism -- Controversial literature.
URL: http://name.umdl.umich.edu/A03334.0001.001

Contents
title page
TO THE PROTESTANT READER.
THE GENERALL CONTENTS OF THIS TREATISE, DIVIDED INTO 2. BOOKES.
book 1
THE PARTICV∣LAR CONTENTS IN EACH BOOKE.
part 2
book 2
part 1
part 2
AN ADVERTISEMENT TO THE READER, TOVCHING THE ORDER, AND METHOD OF THIS TREATISE.
book 1
part 1
CHAPTER I. The Reason taken from HOLY SCRIPTVRE to prooue PVRGATORY.
§. 1. The sense of the Euangelist S. Matthew; Chap. 12. v. 32.
§. 2. The Fathers iudgement of this Scripture.
§. 3. My reasons to follow the doctrinall expositions of the Fathers (and chiefly where they consent) rather then of ZANCH. LVTH. ZVINGL. CALV. &c.
CHAP. II. The Reason taken from FATHERS, and APOSTOLICALL TRA∣DITION, to prooue PVR∣GATORY.
§. 1. Triall by the Fathers.
§. 2. Prayer for the dead is deriued from the blessed Apostles.
§ 3. The mutuall dependency of Purgato∣ry, and Prayer for the dead.
§. 4. The Ancient Catholick Church in hir Prayers for the dead, in hir Oblations &c. did intend (precisely) to relieue soules, afflicted temporally in a penall estate.
§. 5. D. Fields collusion in deliuering the sense, and purpose of the ancient Church touching Prayer for the dead.
§. 6. Reasons, which mooued me rather to belieue, and to follow S. Augustine he∣rein, and the Catholick Church in his time, then D. Field, and his reformed Chur∣ches. A conclusion of the first Part; with an admonition to all Caluinian Readers.
THE SECOND PART OF THE FIRST BOOKE, CON∣TAYNING A MORALL REASON, which perswaded me to intertayn the Catholick doctrine of Purgatory, and Prayer for the dead.
CHAP. I. The PROVIDENCE of God in preseruing a visible Church, free from any damnable errour, doth confir∣me the doctrine of Purgatory, and Prayer for the dead.
§. 1. The FIRST Consideration; touching a visible Church.
§. 2. The SECOND Consideration; tou∣ching a visible Church free from any damnable errour. The Protestants loosenesse, and confusion in their description of the Church.
§. 3. The THIRD Consideration; tou∣ching the Protestants zeale in con∣demning this doctrine of Pur∣gatory, and prayer for the dead, as hereticall, blas∣phemous, &c.
§. 4. The FOVRTH consideration; tou∣ching the lardge diffusion of this doctrine, receiued by the vniuersall Church. VVhence it followeth, that either Gods PROVIDENCE hath fayled, and that he hath not performed his promise, or that this doctrine of Purgatory is not erroneous.
CHAP. II. The WISEDOME of God in de∣signing fitt Instruments to be the Messengers of his will, and Re∣formers of his Church, doth confirme the aforesayd do∣ctrine of Purgatory, and Prayer for the dead.
§. 1. VVho were the first enimies of this doctrine, & what was their condition.
§. 2. God vseth no such instruments to reforme his Church.
CHAP. III. The TRVTH of God hath confir∣med this doctrine by a renow∣ned Miracle. An exception of Protestants refelled.
§. 1. The nature, and Vse of Miracles.
§. 2. A miracle wrought by S. Bernard, to the confusion of Henricus, and his doctrine.
§. 3. There is no euasion against the clearenesse of this Miracle.
§. 4. Two Considerations: the first, Ge∣nerall; touching the Catholique ar∣ticles, which HENRICVS im∣pugned: the second Particular, touching Purgatory. The Protestants are con∣uinced.
§ 5. An exception of D. Field against Miracles, refelled by the authority of GERSON whom he magnifieth, as a man that wished our Prote∣stanticall Reformation.
CHAP. IIII. A Reflexion vpon the premisses con∣tayned in this booke.
§. 1. Of the grounds, which I followed in this discourse.
§. 2. Some chief points in the former discourse, to be obserued.
The Conclusion; with the Authours pro∣testation vnto the Readers.
THE SECOND BOOKE; WHEREIN THE FALSEHOODS, AND CORRVPTIONS OF SOME LEARNED PROTESTANTS are detected. {inverted ⁂}
The Preface.
THE FIRST PART, CONCERNING THE VNTRVTHS, AND CORRVPT DEALING OF D. FIELD, IN THE question of Purgatory, and Prayer for the dead.
CHAP. I. How the 4. Doctors of the Church, viz. S. Gregory, S. Augustine, S. Hierome, and S. Ambrose, are tra∣duced by D. Field, in this particular.
§. 1. S. GREGORY abused by D. Field. A note concerning S. BERNARD.
§. 2. S. AVGVSTINE abused by D. Field.
§ 3. S. HIEROME abused by D. Field.
§ 4. S. AMBROSE abused by D. Field.
CHAP. II. D. Field accuseth BELLARMINE vnjustly of trifling, and senselesse foolery in the question of prayer for the dead. CALVIN doth truly confesse, that the Protestants re∣pugne Antiquity in this mat∣ter.
CHAP. III. D. Field doth nothing but trifle in his accusation of BELLARMINE, and defence of CALVIN. His vntrue construction of the heresy of Aërius; the great contradiction of Protestants in this poynt, being all guilty of this heresy, and, con∣sequently, no Catholicks.
§. 1. D. Field refuted by S. Epiphanius, and S. Augustine.
§. 2. How some Protestants seeme to defy Aërius, and how others yeald him their protection. Their contradictions, vanities, and falsehood.
§. 3. How vainely D. Field excuseth the folly of Protestants, which she∣weth it self in the diuersity of their censures, touching the aforesaid heresy of Aërius. The true reason of their difference herein is assigned. Their peruerse dealing with Antiquity.
CHAP. IIII. D. Field sheweth himself anotable trifler (in the question of Purgato∣ry, and Prayer for the dead) to the vtter confusion of his Booke, and the Protestanticall Church.
THE SECOND PART, CONCERNING SOME FALSEHOODS AND CORRVPTIONS OF M. ROGERS, AND D. HVMFREY, in the question of Purgatory, and Prayer for the dead.
CHAP. I. of M. ROGERS.
§. 1. Dionysius Carthusianus abused by M. Rogers.
§. 2. S. Gregory noted for a Papist by M. Rogers: how Eckius is abused by him.
CHAP. II. Of D. HVMFREY, and his booke intituled, Secunda pars Iesuitisini; cō∣tayning his answer vnto the 5. for∣mer Reasons of EDM. CAMPIAN.
§. 1. S. AVGVSTINE notoriously depraued by D. HVMFREY.
§. 2. An other of his vnfaithfull practises against S. Augustine.
The correction of the principall faults passed onely in some copies.
A BRIEF, PLAYN, AND effectuall instruction concerning Pur∣gatory, and Prayer for the dead.
The FIRST proposition.
The SECOND proposition.
The THIRD proposition.
title page
TO THE WORTHY GENTLEMAN Maister S. E.
THE FIRST PART CONCER∣NING D. FIELD.
CHAPTER 1. D. FIELD doth notoriously abuse the name, and authority of GERSON, GROSTHEAD &c. to defend the late (pretensed) REFORMATION.
§. 1. D. Fields positions concerning the Church. Gerson alleadged by him.
§. 2. Positions of Gerson; by which it doth ap∣peare, that he vtterly detested the Reforma∣tion, which hath bene transacted by Luther, Zvvinglius, and the like.
§. 3. A reflexion vpon the 4 passadges of D. Field, cited in the first §. of this Chapter. A detection of sondry vntruths, and vanities wilfully committed by him in the same.
§. 4. The name, and authority of GROSTHEAD abused by D. Field to iustify the Lutheran (pretensed) Reformation.
CHAP. 2. The singular vanity of D. Field, preten∣ding that there is no materiall differen∣ce betvvixt the Luthérās, Zwinglians &c.
§. 1. Their difference about the question of Vbiquity. D. Fields pseudo-theologicall de∣termination thereof. Their difference about the Sacrament.
§. 2. Three false, and empty pretenses of D. Field to mitigate the scandall of the dissen∣sions, which rend, and teare his Euangelicall Churches.
CHAP. 3. The falsehood, and inciuility of D. Field traducing Card. Bellarmine.
§. 1. Three criminations deuised against the worthy Cardinall by D. Field.
§. 2. The inciuility of D. Field toward the Cardinall.
THE SECOND PART, CONCER∣NING D. MORTON.
THE PREFACE.
CHAP. 1. D. Mortons vntruth in his defence of LV∣THER, and CALVIN.
§. 1. How D. Morton diuerteth the scandall of the Diuells dispute with Luther against the Masse.
§. 2. How D. Morton defendeth Caluin from the note of Iouinianisme. A con∣tradiction of D. Field.
CHAP. 2. D. Mortons vntruth concerning the article of Christ his descent into Hell.
§. 1. The necessity, and waight of this article.
§. 2. D. Mortons pretense of his Churches vnity in this poynt, is clearely refuted.
A TABLE OF THE GENERALL CONTENTS.
THE CORRECTION OF FAVLTES, PASSED IN SOME COPIES.