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By His Grace Dr. John TilloTSON,
Late Lord Archbishop of Canterbury.
LONDON: Printed for B. Tooke, 7. Tonson, J. Round,
7. Pemberton, and E. Valentine, MDCCXXII.
A DISCOURSE against
Oncerning the Sacrament of the
Lord's Supper, one of the two С great positive Institutions of the
Chriftian Religion, there are two main Points of difference between
Us and the Church of Rome. One, about the Do&trine of Tranfubftantiation; in which they think, but are not certain, that they have the Scripture and the Words of our Saviour on their fide: The other, about the Adminiftration of this Sacrament to the People in both kinds; in which we are fure that we have the Seripture and our Saviour's Institusion on our fide; and that fo plainly that our Adverfaries themselves do not deny it.
Of the first of these I shall now treat, and endeavour to thew againft the Church of Rome, That in this Sacrament there is no fubftantial change made of the Elements of Bread and Wine into the natural Body and Blood of Cbrift; tbas Body which was born of the Virgin-Mary, and fuffered upon the Cross; for so they explaini that hard Word Tranfubftantiation.
Before I engage in this Argument, I cannot but observe what an unreasonable Task we are A 2
put upon, by the bold confidence of our Adtversaries, to dispare a inatter of Sense; which is one of those things about which Aristotle hath long since pronounced there ought to be no Dilpute.
li might well seem strangeif 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 fee and handle and taste to be Bread, is Bread, and not the Body of a Man; and what we fre and taste to be Wine, is Wine, and not Blood; And if this Evidence may not pass for sufficient without any farther Proof, I do not fee why any Man, that hath Confidence enough to do fo, may not deny any thing to be what all the World (ees it is.; or affirm any thing to be what all the World sees it is not: and this without all possibility of being farther confuç ted. So that the Bofiness of Tranfubftantiation is not a Controversy of Scripture against Scriplure, or of Reason against Reason, but of downright Impudence against the plain meaning of Scripture, and all the Sense and Reason af Mankind.
It is a mort Self-evident Fallhood; and there is no Doctrine or Proposition in the World that is of it self more evidently true, chan Tranfubftantiation is evidently false : And yet if it were poflible to be true, it would be the most ill-natured 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