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Author: Starkey, William, 1620?-1684.
Title: An apology for the laws ecclesiastical established that command our publick exercise in religion and a serious enquiry whether penalties be reasonably determined against recusancy / by William Starkey ...
Publication info: Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan, Digital Library Production Service
2012 November (TCP phase 2)

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Print source: An apology for the laws ecclesiastical established that command our publick exercise in religion and a serious enquiry whether penalties be reasonably determined against recusancy / by William Starkey ...
Starkey, William, 1620?-1684.

London: Printed by T.R. for Henry Brome ..., 1675.
Reproduction of original in the Union Theological Seminary Library, New York.
Subject terms:
Ecclesiastical law -- England.
Freedom of religion -- England.

title page
TO THE Right Reverend Father in GOD, PETER, Lord Bishop of ELY.
Four PROPOSITIONS offered to Consideration.
Proposition I.
Chap. I. Governours are to be appointed over every Believing Society, by the Laws of Nature and Rules of the Gospel, and our Governours are so appointed especially.
A Serious Apology FOR THE LAWS Establisht in the Ex∣ercise of RELIGION.
SECT. IV. Our Governours appointed and allowed by God especially.
CHAP. II. That Governours thus appointed, are to ai and contrive for the good of the Society, and deliberately to determine and publish Laws. And Subjects are obliged to submit to those Laws accordingly.
SECT. II. To promote Publick good Governours must take care to establish Laws.
CHAP. III. The first care of Governours should be, by Laws, to oblige their Subjects generally, to a Publick exercise of Religion.
SECT. I. The first care and main end of Governours should be, to instil and imprint an esteem, love and care of Religion in their People.
SECT. II. Governours are to endeavour amongst their Subjects, to promote the outward exercise of Religion.
SECT. III. Governours are to take care, that the exercise of Reli∣gion among their Subjects be Publick and Ʋni∣versal.
CHAP. IV. Our Governours of our Church of England have done well to injoyn every Believing Subject, an open Profession of his Faith in his respective Congregation.
SECT. II. Of this Faith there must be Profession.
SECT. III. Every particular Believing Subject ought to be in∣joyn'd to this open profession of Faith.
SECT. IV. Every one is to make profession of his Faith, and the best time and place to do it in, are in respective Congregations, and the Magistrate is to injoyn every one, &c.
CHAP. V. In such Congregations Unity of Faith ought to be signified by an open Uniformity.
SECT. I. In a Catholick Church there must be Ʋnity.
SECT. II. There must be in the Catholick Church Ʋnity of Faith.
SECT. III. In such Constituted Societies, Ʋnity of Faith must be signified by an open Ʋniformity.
CHAP. VI. The Canons and Forms established and pre∣scribed by our Governours, to direct and promote the General Uniformity of English Professours, are most agreeable to the Rules of the Gospel, and are the best and most con∣venient that are visibly extant to us in the World.
SECT. I. There must be Forms or Canons prescribed by Rules, to carry on Ʋniformity.
SECT. II. That the Canons and Forms in our Liturgy, pre∣scribed to the ends above-mentioned, are most agreeable to the Rules of the Gospel, is the next considerable.
SECT. III. These Canons and Forms, in our Liturgies, are the best that are visibly now extant to us, upon sober Consideration.
Friendly Perswasives to my Country-men.
Proposition II. The wilful Omission or Recu∣sancy of any Believing Sub∣jects Conformity to those Rules, is an heinous Sin, and a dangerous Disobedience.
SECT. I. Let us determine and agree, what we are to un∣derstand by those Laws, and the Conformity to them, that the Believing Subject of England is bound to observe.
SECT. II. Wilful Omission or Recusancy of this Conformity, is a Sin or Disobedience.
SECT. III. Wilful Omission or Recusancy of Conformity to these Laws, is an Heinous sin and Dis∣obedience.
SECT. IV. Recusancy is a dangerous sin, and hurtful Disobedience.
Proposition III. The threatning and determining of Punishments against such wilful Transgressors, is accor∣ding to the dictates of Hu∣man Reason, and the constant practice of the Church of God.
Proposition IV. The inflicting of Punishments, as determined, is just and necessary for the safety and welfare of our Nation.
A Catalogue of some Books, Printed for, and Sold by H. Brome, since the dreadful Fire of London, to 1675.