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AN ANS W E R

TO

A CHALLENGE

MADE

BY A JESUIT IN IRELAND.

WHEREIN

THE JUDGMENT OF ANTIQUITY

IN THE POINTS QUESTIONED IS TRULY DELIVERED, AND THE NOVELTY OF

THE NOW ROMISH DOCTRINE PLAINLY DISCOVERED.

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TO HIS MOST SACRED MAJESTY,

JAMES,

BY THE 'GRACE OF GOD

KING OF CREAT BRITAIN, FRANCE, AND IRELAND,

DEFENDER OF THE FAITH, &c. &c.

Most GRACIOUS AND DREAD SOVEREIGN,

We find it recorded for the everlasting honour of Theodosius the younger, that it was his use to reason with his bishops of the things contained in the holy Scriptures, as if he himself had been one of their order: and of the emperor Alexius in latter days, that whatsoever time he could spare from the public cares of the commonwealth, he did wholly employ in the diligent reading of God's book, and in conferring thereof with worthy men, of whom his court was never empty. How little

* Socrat. lib. 7. hist. cap. 22. • Euthym. Zigaben. in Præfat. Dogmatica Panoplia.

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