An apostolic institution Print
By James Boswell   
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
BOSWELL: " So, Sir, you are no great enemy to the Roman Catholic religion."

JOHNSON
: "No more, Sir, than to the Presbyterian religion."

BOSWELL
: " You are joking."

JOHNSON
: " No, Sir, I really think so. Nay, Sir, of the two, I prefer the Popish."

BOSWELL
: "How, so/ Sir?"

JOHNSON
: " Why, Sir, the Presbyterians have no church, no apostolical ordination."

BOSWELL
: "And do you think that ab-solutely essential, Sir?"

JOHNSON
: "Why, Sir, as it was an apostolic institution, I think it is dangerous to be without it. And, Sir, the Presbyterians have no public worship : they have no form of prayer in which they know they are to join. They go to hear a man pray, and are to judge whether they will join with him."

-Boswell's Life of Johnson