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“IT IS VERY TRUE that the new “ modelling Ecclesiastical Government was the “ principal point debated in that famous dir« pute (which gave rise to the following work): “ but then the Puritans contended for that “ Reformation on principles that equally con“ cluded for a Reformation in the Civil like“ wise : and this Mr. Höcker well understood, “ when he took so much pains to overthrow “ their fundamental maxim, the Head Theorein, " as he calls it, of their scheme-That the Scripture of God is in such fort the rule of human actions, that simply whatsoever we do, " and are not ty it directed thereunto, the same is fin. Now who sees not that this principle “ pursued, brings on, directly and necessarily, a . “ Reformation of the Civil Government upon Jewish ideas? the very error of the reformed “ Ministers of that time. This, as we say, was “ not hid from the penetration of this great “ man-- The reafons, (says he, in his Preface,)

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wherewith you would perfuade that Scripture is the only rule to frame all our actions by, are in every respect as effectual for proof, that the same is the only Law whereby to determine all our Civil Controverhes :---And therefore to root it “ out for ever was the main reafon, I fuppose, “ why, in a particular dispute; he goes fo far “ back as to give a long account of the original of Laws in general, their several kinds, and “ their distinct and contrary natures.”

Bp. WARBURTON on The Alliance between

Church and Slate, note, p. 46.

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TO THE

KING'S MOST ÈXCELLENT MAJESTY

CHARLES II.

By the Grace of God,

KING OF GREAT-BRITAIN, FRANCE, AND IRELAND,

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ALTHOUGH I know how little leisure great Kings have to read large books, or indeed any, save only God's, (the study, belief, and obedience of which is precisely commanded, even to Kings, Deut. xvii. 18, 19. and from which, whatever wholly diverts them, will hazard to damn them ; there being no affairs of so great importance, as their serving God, and saving their own souls ; nor any precepts so wise, just, holy, and safe, as those of the divine oracles; nor any empire so glorious, as that by which Kings, being subject to God's Law, have dominion over themselves, and . VOL. I.

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