A man breaks down the windows of his house. The house stands. He breaks down the roof or the walls. The house yet stands, though deformed. He pulls up the foundation— the house itself falls and ceases to be a house. Now religion, which we profess, is like a house or building; and some points thereof are like windows, doors, walls, roofs, and some are the very foundation.
William Perkins (1558–1602), An Exposition of the Creed, Works, 5:379 (HT: Inwoo Lee).