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Oncerning the Sacrament of the Lord's Supa per, one of the two great positive Institutions of the Christian Religion, there are two main Points of difference between Vs
and the Church of Rome. One, about the Doctrine of Transubstantiation; in which they think, but are not certain, that they have the Scripture and the words of our Saviour on their side: The other, about the administration of this Sacrament to the Peo. ple in both kinds ; in which we are sure that we have the Scripture and our Saviour's Institution on our side; and that so plainly, that our Adversaries themselves do not deny it.
Of the first of these I shall now treat, and endeavour to shew against the Church of Rome, That in this Sacrament there is no substantial change made of the Elements of Bread and IVine into the natural Body and
Bloud of Christ ; that Body which was born of the
I serve what an unreasonable task we are put upon, by the bold confidence of our Adversaries, to dispute a matter of Sense ;, which is one of those things about which Aristotle hath long since pronounc'd there ought to be no dispute.
It might well seem strange if any man should write a Book, to prove that an Egg is not an Elephant, and that a Musket-Bullet is not a Pike : It is every whit as hard a case, to be put to maintain by a long Discourse, that what we see and handle and taste to be Bread'is Bread, and not the Body of a man ; and what we see and taste to be Wine is Wine, and not Bloud: And if this evidence may not pass for sufficient without any farther proof, I do not see why any man, that hath confidence enough to do so, may not deny any thing to be what all the World sees it is; or affirm any thing to be what all the World sees it is not; and this without all possibility of being farther confuted. So that the business of Transubstantiation is not a controversie of Scripture against Scripture, or of Reason against Reason, but of downright Impudence against the plain meaning of Scripture, and all the Sense and Reason of Mankind.
It is a most Self-evident Falsehood; and there is no Doctrine or Proposition in the World that is of it self more evidently true, than Transubstantiation is evidently false : And yet if it were possible to be true, it would be the most ill-natur’d and pernicious truth in the World, because it would suffer nothing else to be true; it is like the Roman-Catholick Church, which will needs be the whole Christian Church, and will allow