The faith of the primitive Christians considered as a
lively operative one.—An apostacy succeeded, in
which that was lost.—That apostacy was brought
on, and the Christian religion corrupted by the
pretended vicars and representatives of Christ Jesus.
- The ground of the apostacy, the corruption of
human nature, and particularly pride, fomented by
riches and large revenues annexed to the church.
-The pride and policy of the pope and his
ministers exemplịfied in their arrogating the name
and power of the church to themselves, in enjoin-
ing celibacy to those called the clergy.-The bishop
of Rome's assuming a supremacy over all other
bishops; his claiming the supreme direction over
universities, and the power of licensing books, and
his setting up a dominion over kings and emperors;
his extreme and peculiar cruelty, and his monstrous
covetousness shewn. A short sketch of the popish
corruptions, of the primitive discipline and doctrine,
whilst a time of gross ignorance prevailed.
In the most dark and ignorant ages a faithful few were
preserved, who testified against the prevailing cor-
ruptions of the times, some of which are specified,
as "Claudius Bishop of Turin, Petrus de Bruis,
Henricus 'ex Monacho, Hildegardis and Bridget,
two prophetesses, Waldo, from whom the Wala
denses, John Wickliff, Walter Brute, John Hus,
Jerom of Prague, Luther, Zuinglius, Melancton,
Ecolampadius, and others; Tindal's translation
of the Bible, and the remarkable opposition of the
clergy to it; the progress of the reformation gra.
dual ; the defects of the reformation traced in some,