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Forasmuch as unlearned adversaries of the most holy faith that we profess, accuse us of teaching the following articles :

I. That God is the author of sin,
II. That God is not omnipotent,

III. That Christ fell into despair upon the cross,

IV. That man, in our opinion, is like a mere log or a stone,

V. That according to our notion on the subject of predestination, it is of little consequence whether we do good or evil,

VI. That good works are not necessary to salvation,

VII. That we reject repentance and confession of sins,

VIII. That fasting and mortification of the flesh may be rejected, and a dissolute life indulged,

IX. That any one may explain the holy scripture as he pleases, and according to the fanciful suggestions of his own mind,

X. That the church was once actually and entirely lost,

XI. That baptism is unnecessary,

XII. That in the eucharist we have no real fellowship with Christ, but a figurative only,

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XIII. That obedience is not due to kings, princes, magistrates, &c.

XIV. That we despise, because we do not invoke, the most holy virgin, angels, and glorified saints ;—which is a falsehood, since we affirm that they are holy, happy, and worthy of praise and imitation, and since we most firmly believe the virgin Mary to be “ blessed amongst women,

We do therefore reject all the above articles falsely imputed to us, as heretical; we condemn and detest them; and from the very heart denounce an anathema against those who teach them.

APPENDIX.

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P. 447....“ Duas esse naturas in Christo, divinam et humanam.".... On this as on other points the Waldenses retain the primitive christian faith, which is explained in the following concise but comprehensive language by a great apologist and divine.

“ There are four things which concur to make compleat the whole state of our Lord Jesus Christ; his deity, his manhood, the conjunction of both, and the distinction of the one from the other, being joined

Four principal heresies there are which have in those things withstood the truth: Arians, by bending themselves against the deity of Christ; Apollinarians, by maiming and interpreting that which belongeth to his human nature; Nestorians, by rending Christ asunder, and dividing him into two persons; the followers of Eutyches, by confounding in his person those patures which they should distinguish. Against these there have been four most ancient general councils; the council of Nice to define against Arians; against Apollinarians the council of Constantinople; the council of Ephesus against Nestorians; against Eutychians the Chalcedon council. In four words, άληθώς, τελέως, αδιαιρέτως, ασυγχύτως, truly, perfectly, indivisibly, distinctly; the first applied to his being God; and the second to his being man; the third to his being of both one; and the fourth to his still continuing in that one both; we may fitly by way of abridgement comprize whatsoever antiquity hath at large handled, either in declaration of christian belief, or in refutation of the foresaid heresies. Within the compass of which four heads, I may truly affirm, that all heresies which touch but the person of Jesus Christ, (whether they have risen in these later days, or in any age heretofore,) may be with great facility brought to coufine themselves."*

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P. 449...Instituisse baptismi sacramentum.” -It having been alleged in some recent publications, that the opinions of the ancient Waldenses were adverse to the practice of infantbaptism, the editor deems it incumbent upon

* Hooker's Eccles. Polity, B. v. p. 54.

him to present a fair and impartial statement of the subject. In attempting this he will endeavour to shew,

1. That it is probable that some of the Albigenses of France, &c. objected to the baptism of infants :

2. That it is certain that the Waldenses of Piedmont always approved and practised the baptism of infants.

First, The following historical facts render it probable that some of the Albigenses, &c. did objecť to infant-baptism.

1. In the year 1025, Gerard bishop of Cambray held a synod in consequence of finding persons, the disciples of Gundulphus an Italian teacher, who opposed the tenets of the church of Rome. Contending strenuously for practical piety and a holy life, they appear to have despised baptism, particularly that of infants, considering it devoid of efficacy to a child, because unable to exercise and profess faith.

2. The christians spoken of by Evervinus to St. Bernard, who were taken up as heretics near Cologne, rejected the baptism of infants for the same reason that the disciples of Gundulphus did. Those mentioned by Evervinus were wanderers from city to city about the year 1140, on account of persecution, and several of them were burnt at Cologne.

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