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The Works Of James Arminius Vol 2 by James Arminius

SCRIPTURE AND HUMAN TRADITIONS

The rule of theological verity is not two-fold, one primary and the other secondary; but it is one and simple, the Sacred Scriptures.2. The Scriptures are the rule of all divine verity, from themselves, in themselves, and through themselves; and it is a rash assertion, |that they are indeed the rule, but only when understood according to the meaning of the confession of the Dutch churches, or when explained by the interpretation of the Heidelberg Catechism.| 3. No writing composed by men -- by one man, by few men, or by many -- (with the exception of the Holy Scriptures,) is either axiopison |creditable of itself,| or autopison |of itself deserving of implicit credence,| and, therefore, is not exempted from an examination to be instituted by means of the Scriptures.4. It is a thoughtless assertion, |that the Confession and Catechism are called in question, when they are subjected to examination;| for they have never been placed beyond the hazard of being called in doubt, nor can they be so placed.5. It is tyrannical and popish to bind the consciences of men by human writings, and to hinder them from being submitted to a legitimate examination, under what pretext soever such tyrannical conduct is adopted.
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