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eight bishops held at Constantinople in the year of our Lord DCCLIV. they were solemnly condemned ; in another council of three hundred and fifty bishops held at Nice in the year DCCLXXXVII. they were advanced again, and the veneration of them as much commended. This base decree of the second Nicene council, touching the adoration of images, although it were not by the hundredth part so gross, as that which was afterwards invented by the Popish schoolmen, yet was it rejected as repugnant to the doctrine of the Church of God, by the princes and bishops of England first, about the year DCCXCII. and by Charles the Great afterward, and the bishops of Italy, France, and Germany, which by his appointment were gathered together in the council of Frankfort, the year of our Lord DCCXCIV.
The four books, which by his authority were published against that Nicene synod, and the adoration of images defended therein, are yet to be seen; as the resolution also of the doctors of France assembled at Paris by the command of his son Ludovicus Pius, in the year DCCCXXIV. and the book of Agobardus, bishop of Lyons, concerning pictures and images, written about the same time; the argument whereof is thus delivered by Papirius Massonus the setter out of it: "Detecting8 most manifestly the errors of the Grecians touching images and pictures, he denieth that they ought to be worshipped: which opinion all we Catholics do allow; and follow the testimony of Gregory the Great concerning them." This passage, together with the larger view of the contents11 of this treatise following afterwards, the Spanish inquisitors in their Index expurgatorius command to be blotted out, which we find to be accordingly performed by the divines of Cologne, in
* Gracorum errores de imaginibus et picturis manifestissime detegens, negat eas adorari debere: quam sententiam omnes Catholici probamus, Gregoriique Magni testimonium de illis sequimur. Papir. Masson. Priefat. in Agobardi opera, edit. Paris, ann. 160S.
h Expungantur omnia, qua; sub hoc titulo (De Imaginibus) continentur, Index librorum expurgatorum, Bernardi do Sandoval et Roxas Card, de ronsilio sonatus generalis Inquisit. Hispan. excus. Madrid, ann. 1612.
their late corrupt edition of the great Bibliotheca' of the ancient Fathers. Gretser professeth that he "extremely11 wondereth, that this judgment of the book of Agobardus should proceed from a Catholic man. For Agobardus," saith he, "in that whole book doth nothing else, but endeavour to demonstrate, although with a vain labour, that images are not to be worshipped." "And1 who be these Grecians whose errors touching images Agobardus doth refel, as this publisher saith? Surely these Grecians are the fathers of the Nicene council, who decreed that images should be adored and worshipped. Against whom whosoever disputeth, doth mainly dissent from right believers." To which blind censure of the Jesuits we may oppose, not only the general judgment of the ancient AlmainsTM his own countrymen, who within these four or five hundred years did flatly disclaim this image-worship as by Nicetas Choniates is witnessed: but also the testimony of the divines and historians of England, France, and Germany touching the Nicene council in particular; rejecting it as a pseudo-synod", because it concluded "that0 images should be worshipped: which thing," say our chroniclers, "the Church of God doth utterly detest." And yet for all that, we have news lately brought us from Rome, that "if is most certain, and most assured, that the Christian
1 Magn. Bibliothec- Veter. Patium, torn. 9. part. 1. edit. Colon, ann. 10 18. pag. 548. et 5S1.
k Vehemenler prosecto hoc judicium de libro Agobardi ab homine Catholico profectum, miratus sum. Nam Agobardus toto libello, nihil aliud facit, quam quod demonstrare nititur (quamvis casso conatu) imagines non esse adorandas. Jar. Gretser. lib. 1. de Cruce, cap. 58.
1 Et quinam sunt Grseci, quorum de imaginibus errorcs Agobardus refellit, ut editor ait? Nimirum Grssci istj sunt patres Nicsni conrilii, qui sanxerunt imagines adorandas et colendas esse. Contra quos qui disputât, is ab orthodoxis toto cœlo discordât Ibid.
m 'Ap/itvíoiç yàp Kai 'AXa/iavoîç íwíffijc Tûv ayíuv tin&ruv vpoaKvvrimç àntiyóptVTat. Nicet. ChoniaL annal. Mb. 2.
"Hincmar. Remens. lib. contr. Hincmar. Laudunens. cap. 20. Egolismens. monach. in vita Caroli Magni. Annal. Fuldcns. Ado, Regino. et Hermann. Contract, in chronic, an. 794.
• Imagines adorari debere: quod omnino Ecclesia Dei exécra! nr. Simeon' Dunelmens. Roger. Hoveden. et Matth. Westmonast. hist. ann. 792. vel 793.
P Ecclesiam porro Christianam, etiam Antiquissimam, Totam, ac Univer
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Church, even the most ancient, the whole, and the universal Church, did with wonderful consent, without any opposition or contradiction, worship statues and images." Which if the cauterized conscience of a wretched apostata would give him leave to utter: yet the extreme shamelessness of the assertion might have withheld their wisdoms whom he sought to please thereby, from giving him leave to publish it.
But it may be I seek for shamefacedness in a place where it is not to be found: and therefore leaving them to their images, like to like, for "theyq that make them are like unto them: and so is every one that trusteth in them," I proceed from this point unto that which followeth.
salem, summo consensu, absque ulla oppositione, aut contradictione, statuas ac imagines veneratam esse, est certissimum ac probatis&imum. M. Anton, de Dominis, De consilio sui reditus, sect. 23. 1 Psal. 115. ver. 8. et 135. ver. 18.
That man hath free will, is not by us gainsaid: though we dare not give him so large a freedom as the Jesuits presume to do. Freedom of will we know doth as essentially belong unto a man, as reason itself: and he that spoileth him of that power, doth in effect make him a very beast. For this is the difference betwixt reasonable and unreasonable creatures, as Damascen rightly noteth: "The" unreasonable are rather led by nature, than themselves leaders of it: and therefore do they never contradict their natural appetite, but as soon as they affect any thing, they rush to the prosecution of it. But man, being indued with reason, doth rather lead nature, than is led by it: and therefore being moved with appetite, if he will, he hath power to restrain his appetite, or to follow it." Hereby he is enabled to do the things which he doth, neither by a brute instinct of nature, nor yet by any compulsion, but by advice and deliberation: the mind first taking into consideration the grounds and circumstances of each action, and freely debating on either side what in this case were best to be done or not done, and then the will inclining itself to put in execution the last and conclusive judgment of the practical understanding. This liberty we acknowledge a man may exercise in all actions that are
* "09ev Kai rà â\oya O'vk iiViv avTtZovmcf âyovrai yàp fiàWov inrò Tjji fvaiuç, fi rrep âyovar liò oíSk ávriXíyovot ry Qvoucy bpíítt, à\\' Spa ópex0w<Tt Tivòç, òpfiuKTt 7rpòç ri)* —nàiii'. 'OH âv9pti>iroç XoyiKÒç Stvt âyu fiâKKov rf)v <j>imv, i)wip âytTaf liò Kaì hptyòyitvoç, lìirtp i0íXot, IZovaíav ?xÉÍ áva\aiTtaaí Tt)v nntïn1, ff aKoXovQijaai avry. Jo. Damascen. orthodox, fid. lib. 2. cap. 27. edit. Graec. vel 44. Latin.
within his power to do, whether they be lawful, unlawful, or indifferent; whether done by the strength of nature or of grace; for even in doing the works of grace, our free will suspendeth not her action, but being moved and guided by grace, doth that which is fit for her to do: grace not taking away the liberty, which cometh by God's creation, but the pravity of the will, which ariseth from man's corruption. In a word, as we condemn Agapiusb and the rest of that mad sect of the Manichees, for bringing in such a kind of necessity of sinning, whereby men were made to offend against their wills: so likewise with Polychronius and other men of understanding we defend, that " virtue* is a voluntary thing, and free from all necessity;" and with the author of the books De vocatione Gentium, attributed unto Prosper, "wed both believe and feel by experience that grace is so powerful, that yet we conceive it no way to be violent."
But it is one thing to enquire of the nature, another to dispute of the strength and ability of free will. We say with Adamantius, in the dialogues collected out of Maximus against the Marcionites, that "God" made angels and men, avTt^ovmovç, but not wavTt^ovaíovç:" he indued them with freedom of will, but not with ability to do all things. And now since the fall of Adam we say further, that freedom of will remaineth still among men; but the abilityf which once it had, to perform spiritual duties and things pertaining to salvation, is quite lost and extinguished. For "whoB is there of us," saith St. Augus
b 'AváyKy rt Kaì ÙKOvTaç roit àvOpúirovç irraítiv SiaTiívirat. Phot, biblioth. num. 179.
c 'ASiairoTOv yàp r; áperi), Kaì ìkovowv Kaì avayKqc irá<rt)Ç IXtvQípov. Polychron. in Cantic- pag. 93. edit. Meursii.
11 Hanc quippc abuudantiorem gratiarn ita credimus atque experimur potentem, ut nullo modo arbitremur esse violentam. Prosp. de vocat. Gent. lib. 2. cap. 26.
* Toit áyyíXovç Kaì Tovç àvOptíirovç aÙTi^ovaiovç \iyut vxò 6tov ytyeyfjffSai, oXV où iravTtlíovoìovç. Orig. dial. 3. contr. Marcion.
'Potentiam proximam et activam intelligo; non remotam, qu« mere passiva est.
* Quis autem nostrum dicat, quod primi hominis peccato perierit liberura arbitrium de humane génère? Libertas quidcm periit per peccatum; sed III»