A retentiue, to stay good Christians, in true faith and religion, against the motiues of Richard Bristow Also a discouerie of the daungerous rocke of the popish Church, commended by Nicholas Sander D. of Diuinitie. Done by VVilliam Fulke Doctor of diuinitie, and Maister of Pembroke hall in Cambridge.
Fulke, William, 1538-1589.

The 17. Motiue is the 11. Demaunde.

The Catholike faith in England mightely planted & lightly * changed. S. Augustine the Apostle of Englishmen of what Religion and authoritie. Miracles for our whole Religion. Sainte Bede of our Religion. His story to be read of English∣men. Images and Crosses confirmed by miracle. Prophecyes and visions for our Religion.

The Catholike Faith was purely planted in this * Island by the Apostles euen in the raigne of Tiberius, as restineth Gildas, sixe hundreth yeeres before Au∣gustine came from Rome, bringing in deede with him the principall groundes of Christianitie, and with all, much Monkish superstition. But that the Religion of Papisrie differeth in as many pointes from that which Augustine planted, as Augustines doth from oures, I haue prooued abundantly, in aunsweare to Staple∣tons Fortresse, and breefely in the Table of diffe∣rences. And in such poyntes wherein wee differ from Augustine, I haue proued that Augustine differed Page  64 from the Apostles. As for his Miracles affirmed by the Saxons, and denied by the Briton writers, shall still remaine in controuersie for me. As also his prophecie so tearmed by the Saxons, which the Britons affime to be a threatening of crueltie, which he himselfe procu∣red to be executed on the poore Students & ••ergie of Bangor.

In the demaunde, Bristow would knowe of vs whe∣ther the Britains by Eleutherius were cōuerted to one faith, and the Saxons by Gregory and Augustine vnto an other. But I haue shewed before that the Britanes were not cōuerted by Elutherius, although perhaps the Church, which was more then an hundreth yeares of age in his tyme, might by him of charitie be confirmed in truth, or admonished to beware of such heretikes as then troubled the Church abroade. But I deny that E∣leutherius maynteyned all that superstition, which Au∣gustine brought in. And I affirme that •••• Britons church in Augustines tyme, differed in more things then in the celebration of Easter, from the Romish Churche, as I haue shewed in that confutation of Stapleton, euen by testimony of Bede him selfe: Although I will not deny, but there might be some corruption euen amonge the Britayns also, as there were that maynteyned the here∣sie of the Pelagians. Wherefore into that Catholike faith, which was first mightely planted in this lande by the Apostles of Christ, and not of Gregorie, through the most weightie argumentes taken of the auctority of the holy Scriptures, is this realme by the great mercie of God, returned, from the schime and heresie of An∣tichrist, & so I hope shall remaine, euen vntil the second comming of Christ.