Excerpt from The Theological Works of Herbert Thorndike, Vol. 2: Sometime Prebendary of the Collegiate Church of St. Peter, Westminster It cant seem strange, that a man in my case, removed by the force of the war from the service of the Church, should dedicate his time to the consideration of those controversies which cause division in the Church. For what could I do more to the satisfaction of mine own judgment, than to seek a solution, what truth it is, the oversight whereof hath divided the Church; and therefore, the sight whereof ought to unite it? But that I should publish the result of my thoughts to the world, this - even to them that cant but allow my conversing with those thoughts - may seem to fall under the historian's censure; Frustra autem niti, neque aliud se fatigando nisi odium quaerere, extremae dementiae est. That, to take pains to get thing but displeasure, is the extremity of madness. Socrates - if we believe his Apology in Plato - could never rest for his genius, always putting him upon disputes, tending to convict men, that they knew t what they thought they knew. The displeasure which this got him, he makes the true cause of his death. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.