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reckoned Four in Number; which may be july
diftinguished by Things, as well as by Names of
Men, after the following Manner.

I. THE Swearing and Forfwearing High-
Church.

II. THE Non-fwearing High-Church, that
contends for being prefent at the finful
Prayers of the Church.

III. THE Non-fwearing Wine and Water
Church.

IV. THE Non- fwearing No Water
Church.

C,

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NUMBER LL

Wednesday, January 17L

An Analogy between Ancient Hea-
thenifm and Modern Prieftcraft

S Extremes meet in a Por, and
Corruption in terreftral Boces
is the next State from Perfec-
tion; fo all the Commands and
Denunciations of Heaven have
not been able to keep the Chritian Preithood,
in moft Countries, from running beadong mg
the Superftitions and Follies of the Grate
laters. By a ftrange Sort of Fatality, they be
jumped in the fame Thoughts, and pla ed over
and over again the fame Tricks; infomach that
if we but make fmail Allowances for the con-
ftant Alterations of Time, and fuch as mut ne-
ceffary refult from different Languages and Fa
Rions, the prefent Romish Churches might be

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reckoned Four in Number; which may be juftly diftinguished by Things, as well as by Names of Men, after the following Manner.

I. THE Swearing and Forfwearing HighChurch.

II. THE Non-fwearing High-Church, that contends for being prefent at the finful Prayers of the Church.

III. THE Non-fwearing Wine and Water Church.

IV. THE Non-fwearing No Water Church.

C

NUMBER

NUMBER LI

Wednesday, January 4. 1721.

An Analogy between Ancient Heathenifm and Modern Priestcraft.

A

S Extremes meet in a Point, and Corruption in terrestrial Bodies is the next State from Perfection; fo all the Commands and Denunciations of Heaven have

not been able to keep the Chriftian Priesthood, in most Countries, from running headlong into the Superftitions and Follies of the Gentile Idolaters. By a ftrange Sort of Fatality, they have jumped in the fame Thoughts, and played over and over again the fame Tricks; infomuch that if we but make fmail Allowances for the conftant Alterations of Time, and fuch as muft neceffary refult from different Languages and Fahions, the prefent Romish Churches might be I 5 eafily

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eafily mistaken for Heathen Temples, and the Services performed in them for Pagan Worfhip.

THE Devil, as fubtle and cunning as he is represented to be, with all the Affistance of corrupt Priests, has not been able to find out a new Device; but has ever danced the Hay, and made his Rounds within the fame Circle. The fame Arts and Stratagems have been always made ufe of to feduce and delude Mankind; the fame Advantages taken of their Weakneffes and Paffions, and in all Times equally applied to destroy true Religion, advance the Priesthood, and make the honest and industrious, but unthinking, Part of the World, the Prey and Property of Hypocrites and Impoftors.

THE All-powerful, All-wife, and All-merciful God himself, is too often represented, like the Heathen Deities, to be revengeful, cruel, capricious, impotent, vain, fond of Commendation and Flattery; and, in Effect, subject to all the other Paffions and Imperfections of the weakest Men: His Being, which is boundless as Extenfion, and which the whole World cannot contain, is pretended to be confined to fingle Structures, and narrow Edifices built with Hands; nay, to Parts of thofe Edifices

where

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