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THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH,
REV. JOSEPH BINGHAM, M.A.
Headbourn Worthy, and Havant, Hampshire ;
SET OF MAPS OF ECCLESIASTICAL GEOGRAPHY.
TO WHICH ARE NOW ADDED,
AND OTHER MATTER, NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED,
The whole Revised and Edited, together with
a Biographical Account of the Author,
BY HIS GREAT GRANDSON,
THE REV. RICHARD BINGHAM, B.C.L.
Prebendary of Chichester, Vicar
IN EIGHT VOLUMES.-VOL. II.
PRINTED FOR WILLIAM STRAKER,
443, WEST STRAND:
Prepared by the Author for his intended second Edition of
this Volume of the Antiquities, but, his Death having intervened, it was never published.
IT has ever been the earnest desire and hearty wish of all pious and good men since the Reformation, to see all Protestant Churches united, as well in one common form of government and discipline, as in matters of doctrine: to which purpose several learned and judicious persons have occasionally offered their private thoughts and schemes in a pacificatory way, as the proper means of union and accommodation. The French Synods had once this matter under their consideration, and made some proposals for drawing up a general Confession of Faith of necessary points only, so as all Churches might be induced to subscribe it. And herein they had the encouragement of King James, and some other Protestant princes; but, whether it was by the stiffness of the Lutherans, or what other reason, I know not, the design at last proved abortive. However Mr.
Synodicon Gall. Reform, Synod of Tonneins, Anno 1614, Chap. xviii.