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988. We shall next visit the great church of St. Peter, Westminster Abbey, the common fepulchre of both catholics and protestants. Here Calvin will, as he can place himself in Spirit, meet with every idolatry, both catholic and protestant, from the prince to the beggar, idols of angels, men, women, children, beasts, birds, reptiles, Death, old Time, ships, anchors, cables, arms of destruction, both great and small, and many inages, or emblematical allusions, too numerous to dwell upon, or a Calvinist's stomach to contain. Observe the muscles of his face are contracted and drawn up to the size and as white as an egg.
Mof, It must be the image of an egg, I mean a cow's bladder, filled with lard; your medicine operates powerfully.
Luth. From the abbey I will next escort you through the towns and villages through England, &c. where you cannot step but some of Calvin's idols foresink and impress their hideous forms on your mind. By these figures the different trades and shop-keepers acquaint you in what line of business they are. I never was curious to take a trip either to Scotland, Geneva, Bofton in America, or any other Calvi. nistical jurisdiction.
Calv. I humbly pray your excuse; but neceffity perfuades me to retire; I feel a large demand which cannot be withheld : have you a privy ?
Luth. Turn to your left, where you will meet with due satisfaction ; but I hope not with the difatter poor Arius experienced in Conftan
tinople, tinople, where he was escorted by his friends in triumph, where he had a list, and going into a privy, his harslet, or bowels, fell out at his fundament,, where he was found a lifeless, empty trunk. He seems to be the original of the Calvinistical heresy. This was in the reign of Constantine the Great, and was the chief cause of the council of Nice.
Mof. What charge lay against him?
Luth. Denying the divinity of our Redeemer, which is a tenet of Calvinism.
Mof. What were the number of the council ?
Luih. Upwards of 300 bishops and fathers of the priesthood both from the Roman and Persian empires, in the year 300 and odd, when the Nicene creed was set forth, and a little time after St. Athanasius's, which have ever since with the apostles been considered and held in equal esteem and veneration, both by catholics and protestants, as the other scriptures. ,
Mof. By what bishops and fathers was this council composed ?
Luth. Christians, without doubt.
Lutb. Roman eatholics, in communion with the Roman Pontiff, Pope Sylvester.
Mof. You think Arius was a Calvinian protestant and his associates, &c.
Luth. There is not the least doubt, and we, with the council and church, through all ages, excommunicate and reject all heretics and disturbers of the christian peace. - . - B 2. in. Mof.
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· Moj. Why was Luther and the protestants, in our days, excommunicated by the council of Trent, which still reinains ?
: .. Luth. This was, and still is, occasioned and held up by Calvinians, Quakers, Anabaptists, and a spawn of many others too numerous to be recounted: :
Mof. They make a handle of you and the church of England, having the power to uphold them, in their oppofition.
Luth. This we well know; but when you have made a deague or communicate with villains, you will find it difficult to diffpofless yourself from the contract, which is our case.
Mof. The head of poor Charles the First speaks to this point. .. .
Luth. Oliver Cromwel, that presbyterian fanatic, confirms it in the English monarchy, and we may trace them wherever their power extendszeres, izmir á Mof. I will now declare my most inward sentiments: all I am poffeffed of has ifsued from the benévolent boasts of christians, both catholics and protestants, and tô inany of my ancestors; I should be the baseft of men did I not acknowledge this truth. : I have been edu. cated, perhaps, in a more liberal school than many others, which has taught nie, that gratitude to benefactors is one of the most effential duties of the humana fpecies; and could I be inftrumental to theí happiness of my fellow. creatures, no man would share more in this general blessing than a poor despised Jew. My lot is, O my God. Moses weeps and strikes his breast.
Luth. ourroth I am a christian. In my educed by
Luth. Why do you weep?
Luth. From whence doth the distresses of the mind take its fource ?
Mof. From education, pride and luft; wę examine our neighbour, but will not scrutinize ourselves.
Luth. I am a christian protestant,- but why I. prefer it I cannot know. In my education I am instructed the original church founded by Jesus Christ became an adultress and was calt off by Jesus Chrift; but the merits of the charge I never knew. She is charged with many idolatrous and diabolical principles, &c. themselves are in the dark, and them alfo who conjecture such charges. The protestants charge them with placing the image of our Lord and his apostles and other saints in their churches, and paying a respect to them.
We Lutherans, church of England and other christians, Calvinists excepted, have our images, pictures, and whatever may excite love and de votion to our amiable and good God and his servants also; they pay no other respect to images and pictures than to the Bible and other books of religion. We do the same. I will grant that amongst us conversant with presbyterians, and that never looked into our religion, nor the advantage of travelling, imbibe
their diabolical tenets, stuffed with their unna. · tural councils; and, though not designedly,
yet, through custom, suck in the poison, and become one mass with those they pity or defa pise; for, were you to tell them their prinB3
ciples are Calvinism, they would immediately consider it as an insult on their judgment, knowing the principles of a Calvinist or pres. byterian are opposite to monarchy, order, and due subordination effentially and absolutely requisite and necessary to a civilized state or
community. These fanatics make no fcruple a of charging the church of England and others of the Lutheran communion with the appellation of Bastard Papift, idolatrous and heathenish
conventicles, and many atrocious calumnies; · and this to draw the community at large to
their interest, and place the power of the states in their hands.
Calv. I have been embowelled and tortured in a most cruel engagement for upwards of half an hour; but am refreshed.
Mof. Rehearses to Calvin what passed in his absence. Luther rehearses.
Calv. You are not so bold and rancorous as to place the Father of Spirit and the Bulwark of Reformation under the tuition of old Arius, an old condemned heretic. You may with equal propriety place him in the school of the Iconoclast and other condemned heretics, which we as heartily detest as the papist.
Luth. Calvinism is no more than a revival of Arianism, which does honour to your church, given her a rank of priority, up to the year 300, whose apostle Arius, chainpion in the cause of reformation in the first age, and establishment of popery, stood up against their first general council of Nice. Entering his protest against the popish council and divinity of Christ, he died