‘In controversies which most depend on the testimony of antiquity, depart not from the judgment of the ancients.’ They that stood within view of the days of the apostles could better tell what they did, and what a condition they left the churches in than we can do. To appeal to the ancients in every cause, even in those where the later Christians do excel them is but to be fools in reverence of our forefathers’ wisdom. But in points of history, or any thing in which they had the advantage of their posterity, their testimony is to be preferred.
Richard Baxter and William Orme, The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 5 (London: James Duncan, 1830), 147.
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