A Pacific Temper and a Moderate Mind

William Forbes (1585–1634), first Protestant Bishop of Edinburgh.
William Forbes (1585–1634), first Protestant Bishop of Edinburgh.

This posthumous work [Considerationes Modestae et Pacificae Controversiarum de Justificatione, Purgatorio, Invocatione Sanctorum Christo Mediatore, et Eucharistia] is a signal specimen and proof of a pacific temper, and a moderate mind: wherein, like a second Cassander and catholic moderator, he endeavours to compose, or at least to mitigate, the rigid and austere opinions, in certain points of religious controversy, both of the reformed and of the popish party. How greatly he regarded moderation, appears from that usual saying of his, that, if there had been more Cassanders and Wiceliuses, there would have been no occasion for a Luther, or a Calvin.

— Thomas Sydserf [Sydserff] (1581 – 1663), Bishop of Galloway.