|Title:||Certain considerations tending to promote peace and good will amongst Protestants very useful for the present times.|
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2011 December (TCP phase 2)
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Certain considerations tending to promote peace and good will amongst Protestants very useful for the present times.
London: Printed for Thomas Parkhurst ..., 1674.
Edition of 1679 has on t.p.: "by a moderate conformist".
Reproduction of original in Huntington Library.
Protestants -- England.
Dissenters, Religious -- England.
Considerations tending to promote Peace.
Certain Considerations tending to promote Peace and Good will amongst Protestants, useful for the present Times.
1 Consid. That some of the most considerable Ranks and Orders of men, since the Reformation of Religion amongst us have manifested a desire to have some favour, or Indulgence shewed to Dissenters in point of Ceremonies, &c.
3. Consid. The late Civil Wars in England were not begun for the Extirpation of Episcopacy and Liturgy, or the settlement of the Pres∣byterian Government.
4. Consid. That the Modern English Presbytcrians as they are call'd, cannot be charged with divers of the Principles imputed to those called Presbyterians in England, in the days of Q Elizabeth. And that the Presbytery, where it was voted by the Houses of Parliament to be setled, was far different from the Scottish Presbytery.
5. Consid. That there have been since the first Reformation, men of parts, Piety, Learning, and of good esteem in the Church of God, who have yet boggled or scrupled at something in subscription, or the conformity injoined or practised.
6. Consid. That divers dissenters in former times have notwith∣standing found favour with the Bishops.
7. Consid. That the Parliament in the beginning of the late War declared for the defence and safety of his Majesties person, and their abhorreney to be thought to design either the deposition or death of his sacred Majesty:
8. Consid. That the Nou-conforming Presbyterians had both their hearts and hands in the Restauration of His Majesty to His Royal Throne.
9. Consid. Many Bishops, Clergymen and Scholars, though Non∣conformists to the late times; yet injoyed Places or Profit notwith∣standing.
10. Consid. It is declared to be the Doctrine of the Church of Eng∣land in the 34 Article of our Religion. That every particular or Na∣tional Church hath Authority to ordain, change and abolish Ceremonies, or Rites of the Church; ordained only by mans Authority, so that all things be done to Edification.
11. Consid. That if the new Impositions were removed, and that partition wall of Ceremonies pull'd down, and this veil rent away by Le∣gal Authority from the face of the Church, or reserved only for the case of the Mother Churches, I mean the Cathedrals. Many Thousands who now separate from our publick Assemblies, would with one heart and voice joyn with us.
12. Consid. That the use of force or violent courses for By-matters in Religion ought by all lawful wayes and means to be shunned and avoided.
A POSTSCRIPT to Conformist and Non-Conformist Ministers.