The case stated between the Church of England and the dissenters wherein the first is prov'd to be the onely true church, and the latter plainly demonstrated from their own writings and those of all the reformed churches to be downright schismaticks / collected from the best authors on either side ... by E.S.

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The case stated between the Church of England and the dissenters wherein the first is prov'd to be the onely true church, and the latter plainly demonstrated from their own writings and those of all the reformed churches to be downright schismaticks / collected from the best authors on either side ... by E.S.
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E. S., D.D.
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London :: Printed and sold by John Nut,
1700.
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Church of England -- Apologetic works.
Dissenters, Religious -- England.
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"The case stated between the Church of England and the dissenters wherein the first is prov'd to be the onely true church, and the latter plainly demonstrated from their own writings and those of all the reformed churches to be downright schismaticks / collected from the best authors on either side ... by E.S." In the digital collection Early English Books Online. https://name.umdl.umich.edu/A58720.0001.001. University of Michigan Library Digital Collections. Accessed June 18, 2024.

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TO THE READER.

THE Dissenters having again taken the Field, and reviv'd a Dispute which had been some time laid aside, I could neither think it useless or impertinent to rise up in Defence of that Holy Religion, against which they are declar'd Enemies; and vindicate the Best of Churches in its Excellency of Go∣vernment, and Purity of Doctrine. And tho' many Learned Persons have already ob∣lig'd the Publick with unanswerable Discourses in Her Favour, and left us sufficient Argu∣ments of the Goodness of Her Worship and Discipline, yet since Her Adversaries have rally'd again, and taking the Advantage of the Death of some of Her Champions, as Dr. Scot, Dr. Calamy, &c. are employ'd in pick∣ing Holes in the London Cases, I could not but think it very proper to remind 'em of the Strength of what they are attacking, and give

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'em the true Knowledge of Her Beauties, whilst they are making Enquiries after Her Faults. In order to this, I have collected the Arguments which have been made use of on both sides, and given the Reader the true State of a Controversy, which none but Men of invincible Obstinacy would maintain, after such clear Convictions, that the Church which I have the Honour to be a Member of, by making use of Her Ceremonies, Worships God in the Beauty of Holiness, and by breathing forth Her desires in Set Forms of Prayer, shews a Reverence which is due to Him that made Her. I need say very little in relation to the Names of those Authors I have had re∣course to on either side. They are Gentlemen of known Authority by their Writings, and are Eminent in the several Congregations▪ they belong to. But the Reader will be satisfied after a due perusal, that the Dissenters have Eyes and see not, have Ears and will not hear, and like the Adder are deaf to the voice of the Charmer, charm he never so wise∣ly; else they would fling themselves into the Arms of a Church whose Constitution is Uni∣ty, and whose Purity so Persuasive, as might make even her Enemies to be at Peace with Her.

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