CERTAIN MINERAL AND METAPHYSICAL SCHOOLPOINTS
20 February 1589
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Certaine Minerall / and Metaphisicall Schoolpointes [ ] the reverende [ ] • of my cleargie masters of the Conuocation house / agai[nste t]he reformed Churches [ ] where- • in is layd open / the very Quintessence of all Catercorner d[ preu]enting of the Cauels of these wra[ ] • persons by whom / and the places where these misteries [ ]--ned / are for the most part plainly set down[ ] • to the view of all men / and that to the [ ] most reverend fathers.
1 That the Puritans may aswell deny the sonne of God to be Homouseos, that is / Consubstantiall with God the father: as they may denie the superioritie of Archb. and Bb. to be lawfull. The defendant in this point is father Iohn of Fulham, in his preface before Barnardeus de Loques booke of the Church published in English.
2 That a L.B. may safely haue two wiues in esse at once: the defendant in this point / is father Marmaduke, B. of S Dauids, who hath 2. now liuing: the one Elizabeth Gigge, the other Ales Pryme. Prooued against him before the high commission.
3 That our Sauiour Christe in soule descended into hell: the defendaunt in this point / is father Iohn of Lambehith, T.C. page 44. But you must not take this T.C. of mine for Thomas Cartwright / this is profane T.C.
4 That our Sauiour Christ in his sermons / vsually sware by his fayth. For he said Amen / Amen / which is as much to say / as by my fayth: the defendant in this point / is father Thomas of Winchester, alias profane T.C. pag.62.
5 That Moses in giuing a bill of diuorcement / Deut. 24. brake the morall law of God: the defendant in this point / is Thomas of Winchester, alias profane T.C. pag.111.
6 That papistrie is better then the sincere profession of the gospell / whiche falsely men call puritanisme: the defendant in this point / is father Edmond of worcester.
7 That the publike fasts / & the prayers of ye puritans / were the cause of the inuazion of the Spaniardes / and of all other troubles and turmoiles within the land: the defendant in this point / is father William of Lichfield and Couentree / alias Parson of Solyhall.
8 That the long prayers of the Puritanes / before and after their sermons / are nothing els / but beeble babble / beeble babble: the defendant in this point / is father Iohn of Fulham / in M.Cawdries examination.
9 That there is no other way of triall before the high commission / but by appeaching and accusing a mans selfe / and that no State can stand / without such answering and swearing: the defendants in this point are / Thom. Cooper, Iohn Cant. and som others / at the examination of M.Wigginton, at Lambehith / in December last / 1588.
10 That it is as lawfull for our L.Bb. to make bad ministers / as it was for the Disciples of our Sauior / to plucke the eares of corne on the Sabboth / to slake their hunger: the defendant in this point / is father Thomas of winchester, alias profane T.C.
11 That reading is preaching: the defendant in this point / is father Iohn a Bridges, page 564.565.
12 That the magistrate may lawfully maime & deforme the bodie of christ / to wit / the Church: the defendants in this point / are al the 24. orders of Bb. and especially father Canterbury.
13 That more good may be wrought by our ordinary service / then by preaching / the defendant in this point / is father Iohn a Bridges, page 652.
14 That the crosse in baptisme / and Organes in Cathedrall Churches / are as necessarie as a preaching ministery: the defendant in this point / is father Goodman of Westminster.
15 That our L.Bb. in England / are the bishops of the diuell: the defendant in this point (I thank him) is father Iohn O Sarum, pag. 339. 340.
16 That true baptim may be out of the Church: the defendant in this point is father Robert Some, page 158. of his booke against I.P.
17 That it is no more vnlawful for a minister to haue many benefices / then for a temporall man to haue many Lordships: the defendant in this point / is father Richard Cosins.
18 That one priest or elder may haue a lawfull superior authoritie ouer the vniuersall bodie of the Church: the defendant in this point / is father Iohn a Bridges. page 448. line 3.
19 That S.Paule erred verie grosely / I.Cor.1.21. Rom.10.14. in holding the preaching of the word / to be the onely ordinary meanes of saluation. The defendants in this point / are all the cleargie masters of ye Conuocatiõ house.
20 That the people ought to haue as much to do in matters of State / asin the Election of their ministers: the defendant in this point / is father Thom. • of Winchester, alias profane T.C. page 43.
21 That our common booke of prayer / is without all suspicion of [ : the] defendant is / father Iohn O Sarum in his preface / and page 652.
22 That the Surplice is her Maiesties badge and cognisaunce: the defendant in this point / is father Iohn Mar-elme, in M.Cawdries examination.
23 That the bishops gather vp summes of money before hand / against the time of the necessarie seruice of their countrie: the defendant in this point / is father Thomas of Winchester, profane T.C. page 148.
24 That he may be a lawfull and good minister of the gospel / which is not fit to teach: the defendant / is father Thomas of winchester, T.C. page 109.110.
25 That the Archb. of Canter. &c. in holding baptisme administred by women to be the seale of Gods couenant / is an absurd heretike: the defendant in this point / is father Robert Some, in his table of M.Penries errors / pag.3
26 That the Archb. of Cant. is a giddie head and to be brideled / because he alowed the defacing of the Apocrypha by M.D.Whitaker / in his readings against Bellarmina: the defendant is father Tho. of winch. profane T.C. p.49.
27 That without two benefices / a minister cannot well furnishe himselfe of bookes: the defendant in this point / is father Bulleine of Lichfield.
28 That all reformed Churches are to be condemned / & the popish Church only to be imbraced in these three points / vz. first in the descending of Christs soule into hell / secondly in the superioritie of ministers ouer their fellow brethren / thirdly in attributing the name Priest / vnto the ministers of the New Testament: the defendant in this point against all men / is father Iohn of Lambeth, Cum priuilegio profane T.C. page 44.45.
29 That the state of England at this present is so disordered / that whatsoeuer an Ecclesiasticall officer may do by authoritie / the same a priuate subiect thinketh he may do at his owne will & pleasure: the defendant in this point / is Mistris Coopers husband / alias profane T.C. page 94.
30 That it is the general disease of Englishmen / to haue in admir-ation / the persons & states of other countries / and to loath their owne: the defendant in this point / is father Thomas of Eastmeane, alias profane T.C. page 105.
31 That her Maiestie and our gouernours / cannot take away Bb. liuings from them / vnlesse they be entrapped by the diuels sophistrie / to suffer him to worke mischiefe in the Church / and to trouble the common wealth: the defendant is the Tubtrimmer of winchester, profane T.C. page 155.
32 That the doctrine of our Sauiour Christe / concerning the equallitie of ministers / Luk.22.25. And the doctrine of S. Paule / concerning the perpetuitie of the Churche gouernment / by Pastors / Doctors / Elders and Deacons / Rom.22.214.171.124. Ephes.4.13. I.Tim.6.13.14. is too great a bridle vnto christian libertie: the defendant in this point / is father Thomas of winchest. alias profane T.C. pag. 135. and all the Terrible Priests.
33 That Christ Iesus the sonne of God / was not so faithfull in the gouernment of his owne house as Moses was / for Moses ordained a gouernement that might not be changed by man / so did not Christ: the defendants in this point / are all the 24. orders of Bishops / and all the cleargie masters.
34 That the Creede of the Apostles and of Athanasius / the Nicen / &c. containe many palpable lyes in them / for the Apocrypha (which hath many outragious lyes in it / as in 2.Esdra.14.21. Judith 11.5.18. Tob.5.12) is in authoritie / next to the Canonicall scriptures: the defendant in this point / is father Thomas of winchester, profane T.C. page 49.
35 That it is not lawfull for her Maiestie to bestow the Bb. liuings vppon laye men: the defendant in this point is father Tho. winch. profane T.C. p.252.
36 That it may be accounted for one of our Bishopps great falts / that they haue not hitherto by excõmunication / constrained our prince & magistrats / to do that / which by perswation they would [not] doe: the defendaunt in this point / is father Thomas of winchester, profane T.C. page 137.
37 That the State of England cannot possiblie stand without L. Bishops. And so / that the Crowne of England / cannot stand without the Crowne of Canterburie. The defendant in this point / is father Thomas of winchester, profane T.C. pag. 78. and all the 24. orders of Bishops. Vpon whome I bestow this odd point.
Good Reader / if thou know of any that dare argue or dispute / against any of the former points: that is / if you know any that d[are] • defend Christ Iesus and his prerogatiue / the trueth of his word / the credite of S.Paul / the veritie of the Apostles Creed / her Maiestie & her pre[rogative /• and] stand to the receiued trueth in the reformed churches / and gainsay popish errors. Briefly / if thou know of any / that dare defend the state of Eng[land / at this present] • be so disord-ered / as before is set downe / Article 29. and dare withstand the publike / generall dishonour and slander / of the whole English nation [ .] • Let him set vp his name / and we will sende a Purciuant for him. Whosoeuer he be / the matters shalbe according vnto order / quietly tried out b[ ] • and the bare walles / in the Gatehouse / or some other prison.
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