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ON THE DOCTRINE OF THE CONFESSIONS OF THE FOREIGN
PROTESTANT CHURCHES AND DIVINES RESPECTING
ON THE CHARACTER OF THE WORKS ISSUED BY PUBLIC
THE DOCTRINE OF OUR LEADING REFORMERS AND DI-
During the reign of Edward VI. :-
Testimonies of Catechism of 1553 (p. 209);—Abp. Cranmer
During the reigns of Elizabeth and James I.:-
Testimonies of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York,
Testimonies of various other Bishops :-Bp. Geste (308);—
Testimonies of learned Divines and Laymen:-Dr. W.
Haddon (356); -Dr. R. Some (359); - Dr. Prime (364);—
Dr Fulke (366);-R. Hooker (368); -Dr. A. Willet (372);
-T. Rogers (380);-Dr. Sparke (383); -Lord Chancellor
§ 1. Examination of the Baptismal Services for infants, and
proof of the principle on which they are constructed, by a
comparison of them with the other Services in the Book of
§ 3. Luther's Service for Infant Baptism expressed in similar
terms to ours, and understood by him in the hypothetical sense
§ 4. The meaning of the Baptismal Service demonstrated
by a comparison of it with a similar Formulary, drawn up by
Bucer himself, in a Liturgy from which our own Office is ad-
TESTIMONIES FROM OUR DIVINES SINCE THE RESTORA-
TION, CHIEFLY OF THE ÅRMINIAN SCHOOL, ON THE
SUBJECT OF THIS WORK; AND CONCLUDING REMARKS
Testimonies from Bp. W. Nicolson (p. 485); Bp. Jeremy
Taylor (486); Bp. Hopkins (488); Bp. Pearson (492); Dean
Durel (494); Dr. W. Falkner (497); Bp. Burnet (500); Abp.
Tillotson (502); Abp. Sharp (503); Bp. John Williams (503);
W. Burkitt (504); Dr. T. Bray (505); Bp. T. Wilson (507);
Bp. Beveridge (507); Joseph Bingham (512); Bp. Bradford
(514); Chancellor Stebbing (516); Thomas Stackhouse (518);
Abp. Secker (519); Bp. Edm. Law (521); Bp. Horsley (522);
Luther's Form for the Baptism of Infants, according to the
second edition published by him in German in 1524, and trans-
The Order and Form of Baptism (including the Prefatory
Remarks on the subject of Baptism) inserted in the Branden-
The Forms and Orders for Baptism and Confirmation, with
the accompanying observations, drawn up and inserted by
Bucer, in the Liturgical work published in 1543, by Herman,
566 ad fin.
DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND
AS TO THE
EFFECTS OF BAPTISM IN INFANTS.
THE remarks contained in the following pages are intentionally confined to the discussion of the question, What is the doctrine of the Church of England as to the effects of baptism in the case of infants?
In treating this subject, I shall argue it quite independently of the further question,—Whether the XXXIX Articles are, or are not, the supreme standard of faith and test of orthodoxy for the ministers of our Church in those points treated of in them,and shall endeavour to show the sense of our Formularies, both from internal testimony, and as illustrated by the writings of our divines from the period of their construction.
Before I proceed, however, to the regular discussion of the subject, I would offer a few preliminary remarks tending to illustrate the real character of the question, and to show how far a definite and certain solution of it is to be expected. It appears to me that erroneous views are often entertained on this point. The matter is frequently spoken of as if the Church of England must of necessity have laid down, and had in fact laid down, a certain definite precise view upon this subject, and peremptorily enjoined it upon all her ministers for their acceptance and belief. In my humble apprehension such a notion is entirely opposed to fact, and also to the well-known principles upon which our Reformers were guided in drawing up the Formularies of our Church. As our Reformers have not bound us to one precise