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distinguished by Things, as well as by Names of
Men, after the following Manner.
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Church.
II. THE Non-swearing High-Church, that

contends for being present at the finful

Prayers of the Church.
III. The Non-swearing Wine and Water

Church.
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teckoned Four in Number; which may be juftly
distinguished by Things, as well as by Names of
Men, after the following Manner.
I. THE Swearing and Forswearing High-

Church.
U. THE Non-swearing High-Church, that

contends for being present at the finful

Prayers of the Church.
III. The Non-swearing Wine and Water

Church.
IV. THE Non-fwearing No Water
Church.

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An Analogy between Ancient Hea

thenism and Modern Priestcraft.

S Extremes meet in a Point, and

Corruption in terrestrial Bodies А is the next State from Perfec

tion; so all the Commands and

Denunciations of Heaven have not been able to keep the Christian Priesthood, in most Countries, from running headlong into the Superstitions and Follies of the Gentile Idolaters. By a strange Sort of Fatality, they have jumped in the same Thoughts, and played over and over again the fame Tricks; insomuch that if we but make fmail Allowances for the conftant Alterations of Time, and such as must neceffary result from different Languages and Fathions, the present Romish Churches might be

easily

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easily mistaken for Heathen Temples, and the Services performed in them for Pagan Worship.

The Devil, as subtle and cunning as he is represented to be, with all the Assistance 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 same Circle. The same Arts and Stratagems have been always made use of to seduce and delude Mankind; the fame Advantages taken of their Weaknesses and Pallions, and in all Times equally applied to destroy true Religion, advance the Priesthood, and make the honeft and industrious, but unthinking, Part of the World, the Prey and Property of Hypocrites and Impostors.

THE All-powerful, All-wise, and All-merciful God himself, is too often represented, like the Heathen Deities, to be revengeful, cruel capricious, impotent, vain, fond of Commend ation and Flattery; and, in Effect, subject to all the other Passions and Imperfections of the weakest Men: His Being, which is boundless as Extension, and which the whole World pannot contain, is pretended to be confined to single Structures, and narrow Edifices built with Hands; nay, to Parts of those Edifices

where

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