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the People's Approbation to the Episcopal Ax-

thority in Ordinations, and there it became a Duty

for the time, but was repealable, because pru-

dential only, and obliged no farther (as the En-

quirer owns) than amongst themselves, p. 151.

To ordain in Presence and Cognizance of the
People, for better knowledge of the Candidates,
Was wise in the Ancients, and is conting'd in
the Church of England still, p. 153. The
Cafe of St. Matthias and the seven Deacons
confider'd; and neither one nor t'other counte-
nance a popular Election of Pastors in the
Church, p. 155, &c.


CH A P. IV. P. 165.

HE Enquirer's Impartiality a little

doubtful in this Cause, p. 166. He
afferts Equality of Order in Bishop and Presby.
ter. A ruling Power in the Presbyter given
for one instance of that Equality, and get a
palpable inequality of it included in his Defini-
tion of a Presbyter, p. 167. That a Presbyo

ter had not an inherent Right in his Orders to

perform the whole Office of a Bishop, prov'd.

from the Fudgment of Antiquity, concerning

the holy Rise of advancing a Presbyter to the

Station of a Bishop, p. 168. That Judgment

of theirs Specify'd in fix or seven Instances of it,

all importing the Collation of a different Order
by it (ibid) to p. 175. And further, the Pres-
byter so advanced could perform such clerical
Offices then, as he could not do before : what
Tertullian's Meaning is of approv'd Elders
presiding, and Firmilian's of his Majores
Nacu ; neither one nor t'other refer to the

fidency of the Presbyters with their Bishops in
the private Conhstories, as Co-partners with
them in the executive part of the Ecclefia-
fical Court, from p. 175, to 182. Much
lefs do Firmilian's Words imply a Power of
Ordination in the Presbyters, which they are
quoted for, (ibid.) nor get that Text, i Tim.
4. 14. With the laying on of the Hands
of the Presbytery, p. 183. What Rogatianus
and Numidicus did by St. Cyprian's Order,
no Proof of a Power of Excommunication in
his Presbyters, p. 185. Much less do the
Quotations from his Letters to the Presbyters
and Deacons prove they could do all their Bj-
shop could do, p. 188. Nor does the Letter of
the Roman Presbyters to those at Carthage im-
ply any such thing, p. 191. To prove that
Presbyters could Confirm, the Enquirer makes
that holy Office a meer part of Appendix of
Baptism, and the very fame with Absolution
of Penitents. The Invalidity of bis Proof for
it, and the Inconsistency of the thing itself,
and the true nature of Primitive Confirma-


of the Primitive Fathers about paying Tythes,

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C H A P. VI. p. 26o.
F the Lay-members Rights and Pri.

vileges in the Church. The Enquirer
affirms, that to elect and depose their Bishop,
were peculiar Aets belonging to them. Their
right of electing is consider'd and refuted be-
fore, Chap 3. p. 138, &c. That of deprive
ing is wholly grounded upon the pretended Ex-
ample of the People in Spain depriving of
their Bishops (Balilides and Martialis ;) the
palpable Misapplication of that matter of fact,

The Enquirer owns that the An-
cients both us’d the Authority of a Synod for
aeposing Bishops, and ascrib’d the thing it self
to them, p. 264. Nay, confesses it was ne-
cessary, p. 266. A short Specimen of the
Discipline prescribd and injoyn’d by the Church
of England for the benefit of her children af-
ter the Example of the Primitive Church. ibid.

p. 261.

CH A P. VII. P. 270.
F the Government and Policy of the

Primitive Charch in her Ecclesiastical
Courts; the Enquirer afirms, the Laity and



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