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Author: Lynde, Humphrey, Sir.
Title: Via devia: the by-vvay: mis-leading the weake and vnstable into dangerous paths of error, by colourable shewes of apocryphall scriptures, vnwritten traditions, doubtfull Fathers, ambiguous councells, and pretended catholike Church. Discouered by Humfrey Lynde, Knight.
Publication info: Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Library
2011 April (TCP phase 2)

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Print source: Via devia: the by-vvay: mis-leading the weake and vnstable into dangerous paths of error, by colourable shewes of apocryphall scriptures, vnwritten traditions, doubtfull Fathers, ambiguous councells, and pretended catholike Church. Discouered by Humfrey Lynde, Knight.
Lynde, Humphrey, Sir.

London: printed by Aug. M[athewes]. for Rob. Milbourne, and are to be sold at his shop at the Grayhound in Pauls Churchyard, 1630.
Subject terms:
Catholic Church -- Controversial literature

title page
TO THE IN∣GENVOVS AND Moderat Romanists of this Kingdome; H. L. Wisheth the knowledge of the Safe way, that leadeth to eternall Happinesse.
The Contents.
SECT. I. The safest, and onely infallible way to finde out the true Church, is by the Scripture.
SECT. II. Our aduersaries pretences from the obscuritie of Scriptures, and inconueniences of the Lay peoples reading them, answered.
SECT. III. The Scripture, according to the Iudgment of the ancient Fa∣thers, is the sole Iudge of Con∣trouersies, and Interpreter of it selfe.
SECT. IIII. Our aduersaries, howsoeuer they pretend by taking an oath to make the Fathers Interpre∣ters of the Scriptures, yet in∣deed they make themselues sole Interpreters of Scrip∣tures and Fathers.
SECT. V. The intire Canon of Scriptures which wee professe (without the Apocryphall additions) is confirmed by pregnant testi∣monies in all ages, and most of them acknowledged by the Romanists themselues.
In the first age, to Ann. 100.
In the second Age, An. 100. to 200.
In the third Age. An. 200. to 300.
In the fourth Age, An. 300. to 400.
In the fifth Age, An. 400. to 500.
In the sixth Age, An. 500. to 600.
In the seuenth Age, An. 600. to 700.
In the eighth Age, An. 700. to 800.
In the ninth Age, An. 800 to 900.
In the tenth Age, An 900. to 1000.
In the eleuenth Age, An. 1000. to 1100.
In the twelfth Age, An. 1100. to 1200.
In the thirteenth Age, An. 1200. to 1300.
In the fourteenth Age, An. 1300. to 1400.
In the fifteenth Age, An. 1400. to 1500.
In the sixteenth Age, An. 1500. to 1600.
SECT. VI. Our Aduersaries pretences from the authorities of Fathers, and Councels, to prooue the Apocryphall bookes Canoni∣call, answered.
SECT. VII. The Romanists in poynt of Tra∣ditions contradict the truth, and themselues; grounding most of their erronious Do∣ctrine vpon vnwritten Tra∣ditions, and yet frequently al∣ledge the written Word for them.
SECT. VIII. The most generall pretended Traditions of the Romane Church, were vtterly vn∣known to the Greeke Church, and want Antiquitie, Vni∣uersalitie, and Succession, the proper markes of true Tradi∣tions in the Roman Church.
Prayer in an vnknowne tongue.
Single life in the Clergie.
Invocation and worship of Saints.
SECT. IX. The Scriptures are a certaine, safe, and euident direction to the right way of Saluation; and consequently, to ground Faith vpon vnwritten Tra∣ditions, is an obscure, vncer∣taine, and dangerous By-way.
SECT. X. Our Aduersaries make great boast of the testimonies of the ancient Fathers in generall, yet when they come to sifting particular poynts, either by secret evasion they decline them, or openly reiect them.
SECT. XI. The most substantiall poynts of Roman Faith and Doctrine, (as they are now taught and receiued in the Church of Rome) were neuer taught by the Primitiue Church, nor receiued by the ancient Fa∣thers.
SECT. XII. Saint Austen in particular is much disparaged by the Ro∣manists, and for instance in many seuerall poynts of mo∣ment, wherein he professedly concurreth with vs, is expres∣ly reiected by them.
SECT. XIII. Saint Gregory pretended to bee the Founder of the Romane Religion in England, by sen¦ding Austen the Monke for conuersion of this Nation; in his vndoubted writings, di∣rectly opposeth the Romish faith, in the maine poynts thereof.
The Canonicall Bookes of Scripture.
The sufficiencie of the Scriptures.
Reading of the Scrip∣tures.
The Reall Presence.
Priuate Masse.
Communion in both kinds.
Merit of workes.
Worship of Images.
The Popes Supremacie.
SECT. XIIII. Councells which are so highly extold and opposed against vs, were neither called by lawfull authoritie, or to the right ends, as is confessed by ingenious Romanists.
SECT. XV. Councels, which our aduersaries pretend, as a chiefe bulwarke of their faith, giue no support at all to the Romish Religion as it is prooued by particular obiections made against se∣uerall Councells, in all ages by the Romanists themselues.
SECT. XVI. The Councell of Trent, which is the maine pillar, and last resolution of the Romane Faith, is of small or no credit at all, because it was neither lawfully called, nor free, nor Generall, nor generally recei∣ued by the Romanists them∣selues.
SECT. XVII. In the Romane Church, which our Aduersaries so highly extoll aboue the Scriptures, there is neither safetie, nor certaintie, whether they vn∣derstand the Essentiall or Re∣presentatiue, or the Vertuall, or the Consistoriall Church.
SECT. XVIII. The most common Plea of the Romanists drawne from the Infallibilitie, Authoritie, and Title of the Catholique Church, is prooued to be false, vaine and friuolous.
SECT. XIX. The Church which our Aduer∣saries so much magnifie a∣mongst themselues, is finally resolued into the Pope, whom they make both the Husband and the Spouse, the Head and the Body of the Church.
SECT. XX. The Church which is finally re∣solued into the Pope, wants both Personall and Doctri∣nall Succession, as appeares by seuerall instances and excep∣tions, both in matters of fact, and matters of faith.
SECT. XXI. The Infallibilitie of the Popes Iudgement, which is made the Rule of Faith, to deter∣mine all Controuersies, is not yet determined by the learned Romanists amongst them∣selues.
SECT. XXII. The Church, vpon which the learned Romanists ground their Faith, is no other then the Pope: and the Church, vpon which the vnlearned Romanists do relie, is no other then their Parish Priest.
SECT. XXIII. Eminent and perpetuall Visibi∣litie is no certaine Note of the true Church, but the con∣trary rather, as is prooued by Instances from Adam to Christ.
SECT. XXIIII. The latencie and obscuritie of the true Church, is prooued by pregnant testimonies of such who complained of cor∣ruptions and abuses, and withall, desired a Reformati∣on in all ages, from the time of Christ and his Apostles, to the dayes of Luther.
SECT. XXV. The aforenamed corruptions, and most remarkable decli∣nation of the Church of Rome in the later ages, was fore∣told by Christ and his Apo∣stles in the first Age.
SECT. XXVI. The Conclusion of this Treatise, shewing in sundrie particu∣lars, the certaintie and safetie of the Protestant, and the vncertaintie and danger of the Romish Way.