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remove your Prejudices and prepare you for the Reception of Truth, to quicken your Faculties, and bless you in the Exercise of them, &c. Fiy to your heavenly Instructor, when any thing perplexes you. Implore and depend upon his Aid in the Solution of Difficulties. Consider also, that when you search after Truth, you are always in the Presence of that God who is Trụth it self, and who hates those who inquire with a proud or a double Heart; who either rely upon their own Strength, or are willing to impose upon themselves, or to be impos’d upon by others. Study therefore with the greatest Humility and Impartiality. Be not forward to imbrace the Notions of those Men whom you have receiv'd a good Opinion of; or to reject the Notions of those whom you do not love and admire. But call every thing to the Bar of right Reason and divine Revelation; judge by that Rule ; and let nothing but Evidence, drawn from Reason or Revelation, influence or determin you. But upon these Heads I need not inlarge. For I am writing, I hope, to a very good Christian.
These things being premis’d, I shall now proceed, according to my Promise, to select a small Number of Books, written by English Men, which; with some Helps borrow'd of the Foreiners before mention'd, will furnish you with a Body of Divinity; and to prescribe such a Method of reading them, as, I hope, may be useful to you.
You begin then with the Foundation of all Religion, both natu- . of the Being and ral and reveld, I mean the Being and of Natural and Attributes of God. For this I Religion. refer you to Dr. Clarke's Demonstration. Which when you have read, 'cwill be fit for you to inquire into the Law of Nature or Natural
Religion. For this I refer you to the same Author's Discourse concerning the unchangeable Obligations of Natural Religion, and the Truth and Certainty of the Chritian Revelation, from the Beginning of the Book (omitting the Preface) to the end of the Fourth Proposition.
In the next place you are to exaof the Truth of min the Authority of the Holy ScriChriftianity.
ptures, and the Truth of Chriftianiay; and that with respect to the different Hypotheses of Deifts, Fews, Mahometans and Pagans.
Firft, With respect to the HypothefisFirst, With of the Deifts; who grant that there is a Hypothefis of God, and profess to believe and prathe Deifts. &tise the Law of Nature, or Natural Re
ligion ; but deny what we call Revelation, or God's having declar'd his Will to Mankind by Inspir’d Persons. Now the Scheme of the Deifts is effe&ually destroy'd by proving, First, That 'tis extremely agreeable to Reason, that God should revele himself to Mankind. See the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Propofitions of Dr. Clarke's aforesaid Dilcourse. Secondly, That God did actually revele his Will to Mankind by Jesus Christ and his Apostles. For,
First, The Books of the New That the Books of Testament were written by chose the New Testament Persons whose Names they bear. shofe Persons wholé See the Seventeenth Chapter of Names they bear.
the Second Part of the First Vo
lame of Dr. Fenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion, Dr. Whitby's Prefatory Discourse concerning the Four Gospels, and his Prefaces to the Gospels of St. Mark, St. Luke, and St. John (omitting his Postscript to that on St. Fobn) all which are in his First Volume of Annotations, See also the Seventh Section of his
General Preface to the Second Volume. As for the Epistle to the Hebrews, the Author of which is not yet agreed on, See Dr. Whitby's Preface to that Epistle.
Secondly, The Matters of Fact related in the Books of the New Te. That the Matters ftament are unquestionably true. the New Testament
of Fax related in See the Fifteenth Chapter of the Second Part of the first Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Chris ftian Religion. - From whence it follows. First, That our Savior, his Apostles, and the Primitive Chris ftians, did certainly work Miracles in Confirmation of their Doctrin, and were endued by God with diverse Supernatural Gifts. As for the nature of Miracles, see the Fourteenth Proposition of Dr. Clarke's Discourse, from the Beginning of it down to the Paragraph which begins thus, Secondly, The Divine Authority of the Christian. Revelation, &c. in the Margin of which Paragraph are these Words, of the fulfilling the Prophesies, as an Evidence of our Savior's Divine Commission. And that our Savior, his Apostles, and the Primitive Christians did actually work Miracles, and were endued by God with diverse Supernatural Gifts, see the Thirteenth and Sixteenth Chapters of the Second Part of the First Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion ; the Tenth Section of Dr. Whitby's General Preface to his First Volume of Annotations, down to that Paragraph which begins with In Answer to what, &c. and the Twelfth and Thirteenth Sections of the same ; and his General Preface to his Second Volume, from the Beginning of the Second, to the end of the Sixth See &ion; and also from the Beginning of the Eighth, to the End of the Fifteenth Section. Secondly,
That our Savior did most certainly vise from elle Dead. See Bishop Pearson on the Fifth Article, beginning at He rose again. See also the Fourteenth Chapter of the Second Part of the First Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reafonableness and Certainty of the Chrifian Religion, the Twenty eighth Chapter of the Second Volume of the same Book, and the Eleventh Section of Dr. Whitby's General Preface to his First Volume of Annotations.
Thirdly, Our Savior and his ApoThat our Savior ftles were Teachers sent from, and and bis Apoftiles inspir'd by, Almighty God; and from, and inspir'd consequently the Holy Scriptures by, Almighty God. are of Divine Authority, and the
Christian Religion is undoubtedly true. See the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Propositions of Dr.Clarke's Discourse; the Eighteenth Chapter of the Second Part of the First Volume of Dr. Fenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion; the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Propositions of Dr. Clarke's Discourse, the first Eight Sections of Dr. Whitby's General Preface to his First Volume of Annotations, and the Fourth Part of the First Volume of Dr. Fenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion.
And because the Scriptures of the Of the Scriptures Old Testament are also to be reof the Old Testa- ceiv'd by Christians, therefore the
divine Authority of them must be establish’d. See the Eleventh and First Chapters of the Second Part of the First Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion, and also from the beginning of the Third, to the end of the Tenth Chapter of the same Book.
That the Canon .of Scripture receiv?d by our Church is perfect, fee of theCanon and -the Seventh and Ninth Questions of Integrity of the
Scriptures. Turretin's Locus Secundus, and the Fourth Chapter of the Second Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion. And that our Copies of the Bible are uncorrupt, see the Tenth Question of Turretin's Locus Secundus, and the Fifth Chapter of the Second Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Chriftian Religion.
Concerning the Objections made by the Deifts, see the Tenth Section of the objections
of the Deifts. of Dr. Whitby's General Preface to his First Volume of Annotations, from In answer to what, &c. to the end of it; and the Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Eleventh, Thirty first, Thirty third, Thirty fourth, Thirty fifth, and Thirty sixth Chapters of the Second Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion.
Secondly, We come now to the Controversies with the Fews. They Secondly, with acknowledge the divine Authority pothesis of the of the Old Testament, which con- Jews. tains many Prophesies concerning the Mefliah. Our Business therefore is to prove, that the Blessed Jesus is that Messiah, who was in the Old Testament prophesied of. And this is done,
First, By Thewing that the Bles. That our Savior sed Fesus and his Apostles were and his Apostles Teachers sent from, and inspir'd were Teachers sent, by, Almighty God.' To this End from, and inspir’d
by, Almighty God. you may use the same Arguments which have been mention'd as proper to be offer’d to a Deift. Now if the Blessed Jesus