This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...confession... except every circumstance which may aggravate the same, be unript 1 Hooker, VI. iv. 4, 6, 7, 13. 2 He gives Calvin as one of this "learneder sort." Instit. IH. iv. 7. Calvin contends for its freedom. and laid in the balance, is a merciless extremity, although it be true that, as near as we can, such wounds must be searched to the very bottom." 1 And there can be no doubt as to what Hooker thought of encouraging habitual private Confession, even of a reformed and Scriptural kind. The meaning of the passage is quite plain and does not rest in the turning of a particular phrase. "We labour" he says, "to instruct men in such sort, that every soul which is wounded with sin may learn the way how to cure itself; they, clean contrary, would make all sores seem incurable, unless the priests have a hand in them."' No words can more forcibly describe the difference between the Church of England and the Church of Rome on this vital question. He regards the practice as a medicine for special cases of sickness, not as food for the soul in ordinary health. Almost at the close of the book he says--"To use the benefit of this help, for the better satisfaction in such cases, is so natural that it can be forbidden no man; but yet not so necessary, that all men should be in case to need it."3 Izaak Walton states that Hooker himself, as his end drew near, sought comfort and consola 1 Hooker, VI. iv. 14, 15, and vi. 17. a Hooker, VI. vi. 2. 3 Ibid. 10. tion in such private and special counsel, with one who was both minister and friend. There is no inconsistency in this, unless indeed we press Hooker's words beyond what they naturally imply. The following is Walton's account--"About one day before his death, Dr. Saravia, who knew the very secrets of his...
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