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Theologico - Controveraltical
Held at the Hague, in the Year 1785,
An English Lutheran, Scotch Calvinist,
The Prize claimed is Truth; to which each
Competitor considers himself entitled; Jews,
Go, Bantlings, go, each one present his cause,
At Truth's tribunal, where fair reasons dwell,
Admit but one, all others, fiends of hell.
M, DCC, XC.
Theologico - Controverfistical Conference,
Held at the HAGUE, June 2, 1785,
Between an English Lutheran, Scotch Calvinis),
and Dutch Rabeen.
You are protestants ?
Luther and Calvin. We are members of the Reformation.
Mos. Both of one communion.
Mof. You agree they were the two first Reformers,
Luth. & Calv. We confess it.
Calv. Rebecca had twin children, Efau and Jacob; Esau's heel appeared, which the midwife tyed a scarlet thread about : this is a type of
Luther's appearing carnally, with the rags of popery, Efau drew back his heel, when Jacob came forth and obtained the blessing, who was a type of Calvin, obtaining the blessing of the spirit.
Luth. We shall never be reconciled but in our war against popery. Mol
. Then you are of different Religions ? Luth. & Calv. In every thing but what relates to popery, which all.protestants are obliged to protest against, according to their first institution.
Mos. What is the foundation of your Faith?
Calv. GOD, Creator and Preserver of all Things, both visible and invisible ; Eternal and Infinite, in Power, Truth, Justice, Goodness, and in all his Attributes. Infinite Knowledge of all things from Eternity to Eternity, that is past, present, and to come.
Is for ever present with him one Only true God. This God revealed the scriptures, and this is the ground of our Faith and Religion. Mof. From what time do
Luib. & Calv. The day dawned with Luther in 1517; but entered their protest against the Roman Catholic Church, which was the Old Church, and took the name of Protestants, in 1529.
Mol. Then the date of the protestant religion was 1529 after Jesus Christ, your Messiah?
Luth. & Calv, We confess it, and that Luther and Calvin were our two first Apostles.
Mof. From what scripture do you derive this fundamental article of your Faith?