I was reading, because of someone else, the Irish Articles of Religion and thought that I might share a few points which interest me. Let me say that one of the things from the Reformation which deserves constant merit is the motto of ‘Always Reforming.’ But, I digress:
While listing the Common Canon, they, like others at the time – unlike today – go on to label the Deuterocanon, or Apocrypha for you older folks, as:
The other Books commonly called Apocryphal did not proceed from such inspiration and therefore are not of sufficient authority to establish any point of doctrine; but the Church doth read them as Books containing many worthy things for example of life and instruction of manners.
Such are these following:
* The third book of Esdras.
* The fourth book of Esdras.
* The book of Tobias.
* The book of Judith.
* Additions to the book of Esther.
* The book of Wisdom.
* The book of Jesus, the Son of Sirach, called Ecclesiasticus.
* Baruch, with the Epistle of Jeremiah.
* The song of the three Children.
* Bel and the Dragon.
* The prayer of Manasses.
* The First book of Maccabees.
* The Second book of Maccabees.
I note that because many Protestants see no value in these books, and yet, the first Protestants, or second by this time, did.
5. Although there be some hard things in the Scripture (especially such as have proper relation to the times in which they were first uttered, and prophesies of things which were afterwards to be fulfilled), yet all things necessary to be known unto everlasting salvation are clearely delivered therein: and nothing of that kind is spoken under dark mysteries in one place, which is not in other places spoken more familiarly and plainly to the capacity of learned and unlearned.
Oh no…the Irish were contextualizing Scripture! They do separate, however, the things of salvation, which is clearly understand by everyone.
7. All and every the Articles contained in the Nicene Creed, the Creed of Athanasius, and that which is commonly called the “Apostles” Creed ought firmly to be received and believed, for they may be proved by most certain warrant of holy Scripture.
The Nicene I can understand, as it was approved by a Council (if you hold to Councils) but the Creed of Athanasius and the Apostle’s are developed solely on tradition, heresy of the best kind.
Thought this was interesting – I don’t agree, of course –
57. The King’s Majesty under God hath the Sovereign and chief power within his Realms and Dominions over all manner of persons of what estate, either Ecclesiastical or Civil, soever they be; so as no other foreign power hath or ought to have any superiority over them.
58. We do profess that the supreme governement of all estates within the said Realms and Dominions in all causes, as well Ecclesiastical as Temporal, doth of right appertain to the King’s highness. Neither do we give unto him hereby the administration of the Word and Sacraments, or the power of the Keys: but that prerogatiue only which we see to have been always given unto all godly Princes in holy Scripture by God himself; that is, that he should contain all estates and degrees committed to his charge by God, whether they be Ecclesiastical of Civil, within their duty, and restrain the stubborn and evildoers with the power of the Civil sword.
Interesting enough, only England and Ireland (national churches) had it right:
78. As the Churches of Jerusalem, Alexandria, and Antioch have erred: so also the Church of Rome hath erred, not only in those things which concern matter of practice and point of ceremonies, but also in matters of faith.
They held to two sacraments,
89. Baptism is not only an outward sign of our profession, and a note of difference whereby Christians are discerned from such as are no Christians; but much more a Sacrament of our admission into the Church, sealing unto us our new birth (and consequently our Justification, Adoption, and Sanctification) by the communion which we have with Jesus Christ.
92. The Lord’s Supper is not only a sign of the mutual love which Christians ought to bear one towards another, but much more a Sacrament of our preservation in the Church, sealing unto us our spiritual nourishment and continual growth in Christ.
Anyway, read the rest here.