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DIRECTIONS

For Studying,
| |I. A General System or Body

of DIVINITY.
II. The Thirty nine Articles
1 of RELIGION. ·

To which is added.
St. | ERO M's EPISTLE

to NEPOTIANU S.

By THOMAS BENNET, D. D. Vicar of

St. Giles's Cripplegate.

The THIRD EDITION.

LONDON.
Printed for JAMES and John KNAPTON,
at the Crown in St. Paul's Church Yard, 1727.

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PREFACE.

HE following LETTER, wherein I have given Directions for Studying a general System or Body of Divinity,

was written in the Tear 1705, at the Request of a young Gentleman, to whom, as the Beginning Shews, I had made a Promise of it.

Whilst it lay by me, I bestow'd some leisure Hours in correcting it ; and at length I have determind to make it Public. Because I conceive, that something of this Nature is much wanted; and I have been encouraged to hope, that this imperfect Attempt will be Serviceable, till a more exact Performance shall render it Useless.

The Texts relating to the Duty of the Clergy, which were barely named in the Original LETTER, I have printed at large. By this Means, without the Trouble of turning over his Bible, the Reader will be furnish'd with proper Matter for serious Reflections on Days of Retirement.

Í have subjoined such Directions for Studying the Thirty nine Articles of Religion, as will, if I mistake not, set them in a different Light, and give a more distinct and particular View of them, than may be found elsewhere. Such as have Opportunity, may compare (if they please) what others have written on them..

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I have been forc'd to add St. Jerom's Epistle to Nepotianus; because'tis not to be met with, that I remember, otherwise than amongst his Works, or in some Collection of his Epistles, which all Perforis can't command the Use of.

The Nature of my Design confin'd me to a very few Books ; such as might plentifully instruct, and yet not discourage or overburden, young Beginners. 'Twas therefore impossible for me to mention many excellent ones, which every Body esteems, and for which none has a juster Value than my self. This made my Ghoice difficult.. I hope, it has not proved in many Instances unhappy. The whole Number of them may be bought for about Twelve Pounds, as will appear to those who consider the Catalogue.

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ADVERTIS E M E N T. W H ereas in the following Papers I have made

V some References to the Second Part of the Rights of the Clergy, which is now printing, but have omitted the Numbers of the Chapters, because I have already found it necessary to alter the Division of them during the Working of the Press: I do hereby promise, that when that Book is printed off, which shall be as fast as my Circumstances will suffer me to attend the doing of it, I will give such a Table at the End of it, as shall direct the Reader how to make the Figures of Reference with his Pen, without prejudicing his Copy of this Book.

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HE Occasion of this Letter. Page 1

Books relating to the Duty of the Clergy. 2

The Student's previous Self-Examina-

tion.

Some things presupposed in the Student.
Different Methods of studying Divinity have been pre-
fcribed. .

ibid.
Å Compendium or System generally esteemed necef-
sary.

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Seven things premised relating to the Method prescribed

by the Author.

ibid.

Firit, An Inconvenience attends the tacking together the
Writings of different Persons..

ibid.

Secondly, Some Repetitions are unavoidable in this

Method.

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Thirdly, The Author fometimes differs in bis Judgment

from the Persons whose Books be recommends. ibid.

Fourthly, All the Texts that are alleg'd, must be exa-

mined in the Original.

Fifthly, The Student must not read too faft. ibid.
Sixthly, The Student must recolle Et and digest what he
reads upon any Branch of Divinity,

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Seventhly, He must join Devotion with Study. ibid.
Of the Being and Attributes of God, and of Natu-

ral Religion.

Of the Truth of Christianity.

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First, With respeet to the Hypothesis of the Deifts.ibid.

That

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