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THE

HISTORY OF THE REVIVAL AND PROGRESS

OF

INDEPENDENCY

IN ENGLAND,

SINCE THE PERIOD OF THE REFORMATION;

WITH

AN INTRODUCTION, CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF TIIE DEVELOPMENT
OF THE PRINCIPLES OF INDEPENDENCY IN THE AGE OF CHRIST
AND HIS APOSTLES, AND OF THE GRADUAL DEPARTURE

OF THE CHURCH INTO ANTICHRISTIAN ERROR,

UNTIL THE TIME OF THE REFORMATION.

BY

JOSEPH FLETCHER,

Editor of the “SELECT WORKS AND MEMOIRS OF THE LATE DR.

FLETCHER,” Author of "Sıx VIEWS OF INFIDELITY," &c.

VOL. III.

LONDON:

JOHN SNOW, 35, PATERNOSTER ROW.

MDCCCXLVIII.

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Succeeding works in 1609, 1610, 1612, develop the same views 32

His “ Divine Beginning" contains two things worthy of notice ib.

First, an explanation of the difference between the rigid puri-

tans and the separatists...

33

Secondly, the first use of the word Independent, before Ro-

binson

34

His “ Attestation" in 1613 ...

35

Changes in England preparing a way for the return of the

Exiles...

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ib.

Parliament begins to oppose the hierarchy

36

Bancroft's ill-timed measure...

ib.

His death in 1610, and Abbot his successor

37

The authorized version of the Scriptures

38

Its mistranslations

ib.

The spirit of Abbot comparatively peaceful...

39

Helwisse and Jacob return during the calm

40

Jacob forms a church in London, in 1616 ...

ib.

The views entertained respecting Liberty of Conscience, re-

served for this place

41

Browne's views on the subject very decisive

ib.

Some “ dubious expressions” of his examined

42

Have been made too much of

43

His contemporary, Giffard, animadverts upon him as thorough

anti-state church

ib.

Browne the first known advocate of entire liberty of con-

science in England...

ib.

The Brownists his followers in this respect...

44

The Barrowists in error

ib.
Also the separatists in exile, Johnson in particular

ib.

And Robinson

45

And Jacob and the rigid puritans...

ib.

Jacob's plea for toleration not rightly founded

46

His confession of faith, in 1616, contains the same imperfect

views

47

Congregational Independency compatible with state-church-

ism ...

48

The baptists the first after Browne to advocate entire liberty

of conscience ...

ib.

Busher's “ Plea for Liberty of Conscience” in 1614...

ib.

Does not answer to its title, the ground on which the plea is

founded being narrowed

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