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XI. Whether Christ must needs intend Laws unchange
able altogether, or have forbidden any where to
other Law than himself did deliver.
THE FOURTH BOOK
CONCERNING THEIR THIRD ASSERTION, THAT
OUR FORM OF CHURCH POLITY IS COR-
monies is, that we have not in them ancient apostolical simplicity, but a greater pomp and stateliness.
1 Pagot, Introduction to the Fifth Book of Hooker, p. 106.
III. The second, that so many of them are the same
which the Church of Rome useth; and the reasons which they bring to prove them for that cause
blame-worthy. IV. How when they go about to expound what Popish
Ceremonies they mean, they contradict their own
arguments against Popish Ceremonies. V. An answer to the argument whereby they would
prove, that sith we allow the customs of our fathers to be followed, we therefore may not allow such customs as the Church of Rome hath, because we cannot account of them which are of
that Church as of our fathers. VI. To their allegation, that the course of God's own
wisdom doth make against our conformity with
the Church of Rome in such things. VII. To the example of the eldest Churches which they
bring for the same purpose. VIII. That it is not our best polity (as they pretend it is)
for establishment of sound religion, to have in these things no agreement with the Church of
Rome being unsound. IX. That neither the Papists upbraiding us as furnished
out of their store, nor any hope which in that respect they are said to conceive, doth make any more against our ceremonies than the former
allegations have done. X. The grief which they say godly brethren conceive
at such ceremonies as we have common with the
Church of Rome. XI. The third thing for which they reprove a great part
of our ceremonies is, for that as we have them from the Church of Rome, so that Church had
them from the Jews. XII. The fourth, for that sundry of them have been they say) abused unto idolatry, and are by that mean
become scandalous. XIII. The fifth, for that we retain them still, notwith
standing the example of certain Churches reformed
before us, which have cast them out. XIV. A declaration of the proceedings of the Church of
England for the establishment of things as they
“In the Fourth Book, Hooker deals with another general ground of Puritan antagonism to the rites and ceremonies of the Church ; the assertion that our form of Church polity is corrupted with Popish orders, rites, and ceremonies, banished out of certain reformed Churches, whose example therein we ought to have followed.'”
He regards ceremonies as “ the outward fashion in which great public duties are done; not the substance of these duties, but their becoming accessories and circumstances, serving either to teach or to move men's hearts." He traces the general principle of using outward ceremonies to the law of nature. “ The ceremonies which we have taken from such as were before us, are not things that belong to this or that sect, but they are the ancient rites and customs of the Church of Christ, whereof ourselves being a part, we have the selfsame interest in them which our fathers before us had, from whom
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TITLE-PAGE OF THE FIFTH BOOK OF HOOKER, A.D. 1616.
[To face p. 119.