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or Among the modern controversies there is scarce any of greater consequence, than that about universal supremacy, which the Bishop of Rome claimeth over the Christian Church." BARROW'S WORKS, Vol. i. p. 557.
“ The ancient British Church, by whomsoever planted, was a stranger to the Bishop of Rome and all his pretended authority," BLACKSTONE's Com. Vol. iv.
. p. 103. Ed.
BRITISH subjects entitle themselves to all the privileges of the British Constitution by conformity to the laws of their country. By these laws it is declared, that the King is the supreme temporal head of the Church in this united Kingdom; and that no foreign Sovereign, Prelate, or Potentate, ought to have any jurisdiction, ecclesiastical or spiritual, within this realm. Conforming subjects bind themselves by an oath to this purpose. Our Roman Catholick brethren decline such conformity; they decline it on account of conscience; and yet they claim a right to the highest privileges of conforming subjects. If it can be proved, that their scruples of conscience, respecting the Pope's Supremacy, have no foundation in scripture,—or in the primitive history of the Church-or in rea
son,--this should induce such recusants to conform to the laws of their country ; but if we cannot convince them, that their scruples are unfounded, Protestants, who know them to be unfounded, can have no doubt, that groundless scrupless are not a sufficient reason for dispensing with the Constitution of our country.
THE Discourse, to which mỳ Letter, lately addressed to you, is an introduction, has for its principal object to illustrate one branch of the external evidences of Christianity, namely, the Apostolical origin of the British Church, and its seven Epochs from the first introduction of the Gospel into Britain, to the rejection of Popery by the British Bishops at the commencement of the seventh Century. These Epochs are
Cent. 1. St. Paul's preaching of the
Gospel in Britain.
Cent. 2, Lucius's public protection of
Cent. 4. The Councils of Arles, Sardica,
Cent. 5. The suppression of Pelagianism.