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A75279 A vindication of the Church of England from the foul aspersions of schism and heresie unjustly cast upon her by the Church of Rome. In two parts Altham, Michael, 1633-1705. 1687 (1687) Wing A2935A; ESTC R229441 47,990 70

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cause_n make_v the_o schism_n if_o the_o church_n give_v cause_n of_o separation_n there_o be_v the_o schism_n if_o not_o the_o cause_n of_o schism_n be_v in_o the_o separatist_n so_o that_o where_o the_o cause_n be_v find_v there_o the_o charge_n of_o schism_n rest_v if_o therefore_o the_o church_n of_o rome_n have_v give_v just_a cause_n of_o separation_n from_o she_o then_o be_v she_o causal_o guilty_a of_o that_o schism_n and_o i_o be_o afraid_a will_n hardly_o be_v able_a to_o acquit_v herself_o from_o be_v so_o of_o almost_o all_o other_o schism_n in_o the_o church_n their_o ingenuous_a cassander_n confess_v etc._n cass_n de_fw-fr offic._n boni_fw-la viri_fw-la etc._n etc._n that_o the_o roman_a church_n be_v not_o a_o little_a change_v from_o her_o ancient_a beauty_n and_o brightness_n and_o that_o she_o be_v deform_v with_o many_o disease_n and_o vicious_a distemper_n and_o be_v thus_o sick_a solit_fw-la bernh_o de_fw-fr vita_fw-la solit_fw-la st._n bernhard_n undertake_v to_o 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of_o rome_n be_v in_o a_o great_a measure_n the_o cause_n and_o original_a of_o all_o those_o schism_n and_o heresy_n which_o then_o trouble_v the_o church_n but_o that_o it_o may_v appear_v that_o i_o have_v a_o desire_n to_o deal_v fair_o and_o friendly_a with_o they_o i_o shall_v here_o present_v they_o with_o a_o copy_n of_o their_o charge_n and_o give_v they_o time_n to_o plead_v to_o it_o the_o charge_n be_v long_o since_o draw_v up_o by_o two_o great_a man_n of_o our_o church_n viz._n bishop_n hall_n and_o bishop_n bramhal_o and_o never_o yet_o plead_v to_o that_o i_o know_v much_o less_o clear_v bishop_n hall_n in_o a_o little_a book_n entitle_v the_o old_a religion_n dedicate_v to_o his_o diocese_n of_o exeter_n chap._n 4._o lay_n down_o their_o charge_n in_o these_o five_o particular_n 1._o nothing_o can_v be_v more_o plain_a than_o that_o the_o roman_a be_v a_o particular_a church_n as_o the_o father_n of_o basil_n
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