London: Printed by J.R. for J. Williams, 1680.
First edition. , 38 pp. 1 vols. Small 4to. Disbound. Title a bit soiled, slight worming to lower margins of final four leaves (text unaffected). Very good Wing H1803. Item #53301
Hickeringil, was a church of England clergyman and controversialist. "He proposed that adherence to a minimalist creed could make all fanatics good conformists. He dramatized this theme on 9 May 1680 when, in a caustic sermon before the lord mayor, Sir Robert Clayton, in the Guildhall chapel, London, he hurled the curse of Meroz on all who, like his bishop, Henry Compton, slighted the law by allowing latitude to dissenters. This sharp reproach, which Hickeringill acknowledged was contrary to his ‘natural tenderness and inclination’ towards nonconformists, displayed instead his antipathy towards the meddling of bishops in civil affairs; a symptom of which, he claimed, was that English clergymen treated as a piece of apocrypha the best example of loyalty in the Bible. For Hickeringill, concerned with the political status of doctrines and beliefs, all rebellion came cloaked in religious dress. He challenged both bishops and nonconformists, who concurred that domination was founded in grace" (ODNB).
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