A key for Catholicks, to open the jugling of the Jesuits, and satisfie all that are but truly willing to understand, whether the cause of the Roman or reformed churches be of God ... containing some arguments by which the meanest may see the vanity of popery, and 40 detections of their fraud, with directions, and materials sufficient for the confutation of their voluminous deceits ... : the second part sheweth (especially against the French and Grotians) that the Catholick Church is not united in any meerly humane head, either Pope or council
Baxter, Richard, 1615-1691.
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The Contents of the Second Part.

  • Quest. WHether the way to heal the Divisions in the Churches of Christ, be by drawing them all into One Universal Visible Political body, under One Uni∣versal visible Head or Government? Or whether the Catholick Church be a body so United and Governed? Neg.
  • Chap. 1. Shewing the Occasions and reasons of this writing, especially as from the Grotians: Mr. Pierce's exceptions manifested to be frivelous, p. 379. Grotius speaking English to gratifie Mr. Pierce, p. 383.
  • Chap. 2. The true state of the Controversie: and what Consociations of Pastors, and union of Churches we grant, p. 394.
  • Chap. 3. Our Arguments for the Negative. Fifteen Rea∣sons against the Popes Soveraignty briefly named, p. 402.
    • Against the Headship of Pope or General Councils. Ar∣gum. 1. From the non-existence of an universal Head, p. 404.
    • Argum. 2. It never did exist, much less in continued suc∣cession, p. 406.
    • Argum. 3. A General Council unnecessary, impossible, and would be unjust, p. 409. proved to p. 421.
    • Argum. 4. If assembled, it could not possibly do the work of the Head or Soveraign, p. 421.
    • Argum. 5. None hath power to summon a General Coun∣cil, p. 421.
    • Argum. 6. Pope nor Council have not the Legislative Power, to the Church Universal, p. 423.
    • Page  26Argum. 7. Pope nor Council are not the Fountain of Power to all Church-officers, p. 425.
    • Argum. 8. In great Causes all may not appeal to them, nor can they finally decide, p. 425.
    • Argum. 9. They cannot put down other inferior officers through the world, p. 426.
    • Argum. 10. & 11. Our Relation to such a Head not Es∣sential to our Christianity, nor are we baptized into such a Head, p. 127.
    • Argum. 12. This Head no Principle anciently taught the Catechized, p. 428.
    • Argum. 13. & 14. It is no Treason or damning sin to deny this Head. Nor are all Christians bound to study the Laws of Popes and Councils, p. 428, 429.
    • Argum. 15. & 16. The Head of the Church must be evi∣dent to all the members: and his Laws certain, p. 430.
    • Argum. 17. & 18. Councils and Decretals must not be usu∣ally preached. A Visible Head not agreed on among Pa∣pists: and therefore as none, p. 431.
    • Argum. 19. No such Head revealed in Scripture, p. 432.
    • Argum. 20. The Scripture appropriates the Soveraignty to Christ only, p. 433. Proved; and the Objections answered.
  • Chap. 4. Opening the true grounds on which the Churches Unity and Peace must be sought, and the means that must be used to attain so much as is here to be expected.
    • 1. The General Grounds, p. 440.
    • The true particular Grounds of Peace, in twenty Propositions, p. 442.
    • What unity to be here expected, p. 443.
    • The Applications of the foresaid Grounds, or the reduction of them into practice, p. 453.
    • The Conclusion, p. 455.
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