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T. C. Savill, Printer, 107. St. Martin's Lane.

PREFACE.

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MR. BUTLER maintains, in his “Book of the Romancatholic Church," “in every religious controversy between Protestants and Roman Catholics, the following rule should be rigidly observed :-'That no doctrine should be ascribed to the Roman Catholics as a body, except such as is an article of their faith.

Protestants have no objections to meet their opponents on their own terms. The articles of faith of the Roman-catholic church are to be found in its accredited creeds, catechisms, formularies, and decrees. These received the finishing touch at the Council of Trent. The doctrinal decisions of that assembly are held sacred by every Roman Catholic in every country.

In compiling this small volume, the author has aimed to delineate the theological system of the Romish church, as definitively and authoritatively settled at Trent, and exhibited in the decrees of the council, its catechism, and the creed of Pope Pius IV. He has also endeavoured to render the work interesting to general readers by interweaving historical sketches, illustrative of the spirit and tendency of the sentiments maintained by Roman Catholics. The whole is intended to present a picture of Popery as it is, fairly and faithfully drawn.

JOHN MOCKETT CRAMP.

St. Peter's, Isle of Thanet,

May 20, 1831.

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