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A representation of the state of Christianity in England, and of it's [sic] decay and danger from Sectaries aswel [sic] as Papists.
London Benj. Tooke 1674 - 4to., 36pp., well bound fairly recently in red quarter morocco over marbled boards, spine gilt lettered. A fine, well-margined, and crisp copy. First edition. This, unfortunately anonymous, essay paints a depressing portrait of the Anglican Church in Restoration England. The author notes sadly that Sundays were 'now generally scorn'd and neglected by Anabaptists, Libertines, &c. who in an open defiance to Christianity and the Churches laws, designedly make choice upon that day to engage in the most servile works and drudgeries. The Festivals of the Saints have met with a far worse fate, it being accounted superstitious and ridiculous to praise God for their examples . We have reason to believe', the writer predicts, 'that the Christian faith will be but short-liv'd amongst us'. He gloomily points out that the 'Sectaries' show that they have no interest in preserving church buildings when they make such provocative comments as that 'they will freely pay to a levie that is made to pull down steeple-houses to mend the highways, but will rather starve and rot in a jail than contribute one farthing towards their reparation'. He notes, moreover, that 'most of our barns and stables in which we feed our beasts, are more cleanly and decent and in far better repair, than many of our churches in England, in which we worship our God'. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: John Drury Rare Books ABA ILAB]
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