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THE WORKS

OF GEORGE BULL, D.D.

LORD BISHOP OF ST. DAVID'S,

COLLECTED AND REVISED

BY

THE REV. EDWARD BURTON, D.D.

FORMERLY STUDENT, AFTERWARDS CANON OF CHRIST CHURCH AND

REGIUS PROFESSOR OF DIVINITY.

TO WHICH IS PREFIXED

THE LIFE OF BISHOP BULL,

BY

ROBERT NELSON, ESQ.

VOL. II.

OXFORD:

AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS.

MDCOCXLVI.

DISCOURSE I.a

THE DOCTRINE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH FOR THE FIRST

THREE AGES OF CHRISTIANITY, CONCERNING THE BLESSED TRINITY, CONSIDERED, IN OPPOSITION TO SABELLIANISM AND TRITHEISM.

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THE unanimous sense of the catholic doctors of

the church, for the first three ages of Christianity, concerning the article of the Trinity, is in short this:

I. That there are in the Godhead three (not mere names or modes, but) really distinct hypostases or persons, the Father, the Son or Word of God, and the Holy Ghost.

II. That these three persons are one God; which they thus explain :

1. There is but one fountain or principle of divinity, God the Father, who only is Aúródeos, God of and from himself; the Son and Holy Ghost deriving their divinity from him; the Son immediately from the Father, the Holy Ghost from the Father and the Son, or from the Father by the Son.

2. The Son and Holy Ghost are so derived from the fountain of the divinity, as that they are not separate or separable from it, but do still exist in it, and are most intimately united to it.

a (This discourse was written 1697, for the satisfaction of lord Arundel, as is stated at length in the Life, . LXXXII. p. 422.]

BULL, VOL. II.

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