|Author:||Nichols, Josias, 1555?-1639.|
|Title:||Abrahams faith: that is, The olde religion. VVherein is taught, that the religion now publikely taught and defended by order in the Church of England, is the onely true Catholicke, auncient, and vnchangeable faith of Gods elect. And the pretensed religion of the Sea of Rome is a false, bastard, new, vpstart, hereticall and variable superstitious deuise of man. Published by Iosias Nicholls, an humble seruant and minister of the gospell in the Church.|
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Abrahams faith: that is, The olde religion. VVherein is taught, that the religion now publikely taught and defended by order in the Church of England, is the onely true Catholicke, auncient, and vnchangeable faith of Gods elect. And the pretensed religion of the Sea of Rome is a false, bastard, new, vpstart, hereticall and variable superstitious deuise of man. Published by Iosias Nicholls, an humble seruant and minister of the gospell in the Church.
Nichols, Josias, 1555?-1639.
London: Imprinted by Thomas Wight, 1602.
|Alternate titles:||Abrahams faith Olde religion.|
With a final errata leaf. Variant: lacks errata leaf.
Reproduction of the original in the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery.
Catholic Church -- Controversial literature -- Early works to 1800.
TO THE MOST REVEREND FATHER in God my Lords grace, Archb. of Canterburie, and to the right Hono∣rable, my L: chiefe Iustice of Eng∣land: both of her Maiesties most Honourable priuie Counsell, Iosias Nicholls wisheth all grace and peace in our Lord Iesus Christ.
TO THE HOLY AND Christian congregation of Eng∣land, being a most liuely member of Christes Catholicke and visible Church: Iosias Ni∣cholls, Minister and seruant of Iesus Christ, as a son to his most deare mother, wisheth all grace and spirituall blessinges in heauenly things in Christ, and all peace and prosperitie in godlinesse & truth for euer.
The Contents of this Booke.
CHAP. 1. Wherein is shewed: first that we come to know the true re∣ligion by the true knowledge of God, 2. That there is one God, and that he is the onely law-giuer. 3. There∣fore there is but one Catholike and vnchangeable reli∣gion, whereof God is author and maintainer. 4. For this cause Christ and his Apostles teach the same reli∣gion, which is in the olde Testament, and the gentils are adopted to be Children vnto Abraham. 5. Here is taken away the obiection which might arise by the dif∣ference, which seemeth to be in the three times, before the law, vnder the law, and after the law: that is, vnder the Gospell, that although there was a difference in ce∣remonies and maner of gouernment, yet the religion al one in faith and loue. 6. Here is opened how faith and loue are substancial and perpetual, and ceremonies and maner of gouernment changeable. 7. And that al∣though ceremonies and maner of gouernment are not of the vnchangeable substance of religion, yet are they to be reuerently vsed and not violated during the time of Gods assignment and prescription, as necessary due∣ties in the worship, seruice, and obedience, which wee owe vnto God.
CHAP. 2. How God hath gouerned his church in one religion in all ages, which is declared before and after the fall of Adam. 2. And by the dispensation of times, since the promise of Christ first giuen to Adam, which is in three sorts, the fathers before the law, the Iewes vnder the law & the Gentils vnder the gospel. 3. In all these three times was there a differēce in the outward face of gouern∣ment but not in substance of religion. 4. Which by Gods iudgements & ma∣nifestation of his spirit hath bene alwaies maintained & preserued. 5. And this will be a witnes of our religion now professed in England, against all Atheistes, Papistes, and other wicked men in the day of Christ Iesus.
CAP. III. Heere is more largely shewed, the vnitie of faith in all ages, & that the religion openly professed at this present in England, is the same ancient & onely Ca∣tholike faith of Abraham, Moses & the prophets, & which Christ and his Apostles preached and taught. Where 1. is declared that Abraham receiued it of God, both for the Iewes & also for all other nations. 2. The particulers are compared in 15. seuerall articles of the most waightie points of doctrine.
The first Article of faith and religion concerning God.
The second article is of the Cause of Causes.
The third Article of the estate of man, by the fall of Adam, and before his calling.
The fourth article, entereth into the con∣sideration how we are deliuered from this corrupt and damnable estate.
The fift article: of Iesus Christ, the onely au∣thor ef our saluation: What we ought to know and beleeue of him.
The sixt Article, of the applying of Christ.
The seuenth article, of the estate of the rege∣nerate, in regard of his sanctification or inherent righteousnes.
The eight article, of the right place and vse of good woorkes.
The ninth Article, of the meanes of religion, which is the word of God.
The tenth Article of the people who follow the right religion: that is, the Church of God.
The eleuenth article, of the exercises in re∣ligion, in generall: how to be vsed in the church.
The twelfte article, of certaine speciall exer∣cises of religion, and markes of the church: that is the Sacraments.
The thirtenth article, of the order of religi∣ous exercises, and seruice of God.
The 14. Article of libertie in religion, whe∣ther it take away any naturall comfort or duetie among men.
The fifteenth Article of the hope, which is in the true religion.
CHAP. IIII. Where is declared: First that antiquitie, vniuersalitie and visible succession, is no perfect marke of the church, much lesse of the popish Synagogue, which is but of ye∣sterday: 2. The measure & order of the visible succes∣sion of the Church from Christs time forward, is shew∣ed by the Scripture. 3. Therefore the papists do prooue themselues to be no church, when they ground them∣selues on this false principle, the church cannot erre: 4. How the true religion hath shewed it selfe by ma∣nie witnesses from the Apostles time euen vnto our dayes.
The second part; of the newnes of Poperie.
CHAP. I. How the Romish superstition disagreeth with the true auncient catholike religion and faith of Gods elect, where is declared, 1. How manie waies in this sort, disagreement is to bee founde, 2. And that in all the former fifteene articles they disagree very greatly.
CAP. II. Of the disagreement, that popish superstition, now taught in Rome, hath with the religion which Saint Paul taught the Romans, and with the doctrine Saint Peter taught the Iewes.
CAP. III. Of the agreement of Popish doctrine with all kind of here∣sie, where it is compared, how the popish heresie, resem∣bleth the anciēt heresies of the primitiue age of Christs Church.
CHAP. IIII. Of the original of poperie. Wherein is declared, 1. that by the precedent Chapters it may appeare to be of a late birth. 2. That neither the difference os calculation in stories, nor forging of wri∣tinges nor managing of good authors doo hinder the knowledge of their new birth. 3. Their owne toongs and traditions proue poperie new. 4. Many particu∣lers are rehearsed out of popish authors, and the former counsels. 5. Fiue foundamentall points more large∣lie examined by antiquitie. 6. The latter ouergrow∣ing, and lopping, and dailie now sprowting of poperie. 7. That popery is not yet a perfect bodie of his fulshape proportion and members.
CHAP. V. Heere is shewed that all men ought to flie poperie. First, because of the exceeding daunger it bringeth to them selues, to their seede and countrie. Secondlie, It is of all heresies and Apostasies the most pernitious. Third∣lie, It is not tollerable, or to bee wincked at, in any Christian common wealth. Fourthly, We of England haue great cause to praise God, that we haue nothing to do with it.
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