The History of the Life and Sufferings of the Reverend and Learned John Wicliffe, D.D.: Together with a Collection of Papers Relating to the Said History, Never Before Printed

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Robert Knaplock and Richard Wilkin, 1720 - Reformation - 405 pages

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Page 67 - ... clergy and laity, is rendered as it were the common jest of both ! The jewel of the church is turned into the sport of the people, and what was hitherto the principal gift of the clergy and divines, is made for ever common to the laity.
Page 123 - England, by the said grandfather and his progenitors, and the earls, barons, and other nobles of his said realm, and their ancestors, to inform them and the people of the law of God, and to make hospitalities, alms, and other works of charity, in the places where the churches were founded, for the souls of the founders, their heirs, and all Christians...
Page 175 - The number of those who believed in Wickliff's doctrine very much increased, and were multiplied like suckers growing from the root of a tree. They every where filled the kingdom; so that a man could scarcely meet two people on the road but one of them was a disciple of Wickliff.
Page 70 - The laws, therefore, which the prelates make, are not to be received as matters of faith ; nor are we to believe their words or discourses, any further, or otherwise, than they are founded on the Scripture ; since, according to the constant doctrine of Augustine,* the Scripture is all the truth.
Page 46 - An ecclesiastic, yea, even the Pope of Rome, may " lawfully be corrected by subjects, and even the laity, and " may also be accused or impeached by them.
Page 103 - ... curates in their own churches and persons hitherto privileged, and other of the canon law granted, only excepted ; nor that none from henceforth anything preach, hold, teach, or instruct openly or privily, or make or write any book contrary to the catholic faith or determination of the holy church...
Page 71 - God has given to both Clergy and laity the " knowledge of the faith, to this end, that they may teach " it the more plainly, and may faithfully work by it; it is " plain that God, in the day of judgment, will require a " true account of the use of these goods, how they have " been faithfully put out to usury.
Page 114 - I have found in him, also, many other errors, by which a judgment may be made of his spirit. He neither understood nor believed the righteousness of faith. He foolishly confounds the gospel and politics; and does not see that the gospel allows us to make use of the lawful forms of government of all nations. He contends, that it is not lawful for priests to have any property. He wrangles sophistically and downright seditiously about civil dominion. In the same manner he cavils sophistically against...
Page 102 - Ages has not produced a greater ; and who feems 'to have been. placed as much above Praife as he is above Envy. He had well fludied all the Parts of Theological Learning, and was well skilled in the Canon, Civil, and our own municipal Laws, and was endowed with an uncommon Gravity of Manners, and above all things had a flaming Zeal for GOD, and Love for his Neighbour. Hence arofe that earneft and vehement Defire of reftoring the primitive Purity in the Church in that ignorant and degenerate Age in...
Page 61 - I do not intend by this conclusion to derogate from the power of the pope or of any other prelate of the church, but do allow that they may, in virtue of the Head, bind and loose. But...

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