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Stapleton : Fortress of the Faith

Before he was Bachelor of Arts he read Stapletons Fortress of the Faith, and therein finding how confidently he asserted Antiquity for the Popish Tenets, withall, branding our Church and Religion with novelty in what we dissented from them, he was much troubled at it, not knowing but that his quotations might be right; and he was convinced that the Ancientest must needs be best, as the nearer the Fountain the sweeter, and clearer are the streams; yet withall, he suspected that Stapleton might mis-report the Fathers, or wrest them to his own sense; and therefore he took up a setled resolution, that in due time, if God prolonged his life and health, he would trust onely his own eyes by reading over all the Fathers for his satisfaction herein;

Century: 1500-1599     Reader/Listener/Group: James Usher      Print: Book


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