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The reader is respectfully requested to consult in his Bible the passages to which reference is made in this work; especially those which, after such reference, are discussed or expounded without being quoted at large.
The quotations of latin and other passages, which are improvidently too numerous for correct taste, it may be, have been on review mostly retained, as the chief objection to them is perhaps neutralized by the consideration that they are generally translated, or their meaning is sufficiently indicated by the scope or connection of the argument, which they are designed in some way to sub
The notes are embodied at the end of the volume, as more favorable to method and compactness, if not preferable also on the score of utility.
Many peculiar or singular expressions, and some repetitions of thought, occur incidentally and unavoidably in a treatise of this special nature—and often with a relative aspect which all readers will not equally discern. The table of contents following, has been arranged to serve also as a general index.
Let it be remembered that principles not persons are here assailed; the system, not purposely the INDIVIDUALS who hold, more than those who deny it. The system is viewed mainly in its RELIGIous aspect only, and contrasted with the system of the scriptures ; and thence pronounced to be FUNDAMENTALLY ERRONEOUS. Let the publication be so regarded and judged—especially by those who believe that it is no advantage to be edified for eternity on a false foundation.
What I ask of ALL CHRISTIANS, in reference to it, whoever they may be and wherever they may reside, is simply—to do justice, and not desert the Master in regard to it! If they will act in the fear of God, and DO THEIR DUTY; and defend this work so far as it defends christianity: this is all I ask of them and this a GREATER than any of us demands. It would indeed grieve me to see christians siding with Quakerism against christianity: but, even then, I should have a resource-should have, if the ninety-third psalm only was “written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
10 Other typographical inaccuracies will be perceived, which it seems impossible wholly to prevent; especially as a new orthography, half introduced, mystifies the operatives at the printing-office, ever and anon, between the Walkcrian and Websterian style and authority.
Believing what we cannot under-
. 108 Conscience all the thing at which
All they truly know comes from Sealing of the canon,
Inward light among the heathen, 322 Conclusion,
Sin of perverting the gospel, 376 Eph. 4:5,
Barclay's great proof-texts ex- Friends' view,
417 Col. 2 : 20-23,
Mistakes of inspiration,
. 433 How Barclay was converted, 608
Isai. 30:21, the inward teacher, 449 Anecdote,
Fox in Nottingham steeple-house, 451 The first gratis preacher,
Sentiments of the General Assem- Their prohibition not partial, lo-
The proper sphere of female
Is particularly and most respectfully addressed to the
Archibald Alexander, D. D. S. T. P. Theological Seminary, Princeton, N. J. Samuel Miller, D. D.
do. Leonard Woods, D. D. S. T. P.
Andover, Mass. James Richards, D. D. S. T. P.
do. Auburn, N. York. Matthew La Rue Perrine, D. D.
do. Nathaniel W. Taylor, D. D. S. T. P. do. Yale College, Con. Lyman Beecher, D. D. S.T. P. Lane do. Cincinnati, Ohio. George A. Baxter, D. D. S. T. P. Union do.
Virginia. Edward D. Griffin, D.D. President of Williams' College, Massachusetts. Heman Humphrey, D.D. do. Amherst do.
do. Jeremiah Day, D. D. LL. D. do. Yale do.
Connecticut. Eliphalet Nott, D. D. do. Union do.
N. York. Joshua Bates, D. D. do. Middlebury do.
Vermont. John McDowell, D. D. Pastor of the 1st Pres. Church, Elizabethtown, N. J. Nathan S. S. Beman, D. D. Pastor of the 1st Presbyterian Church, Troy, N. Y. Ezra Styles Ely, D. D. do. 3rd
* I insert this name with great pleasure here—though the place was reserved for another, now " triumphantly” removed to a happier world; whom I better knew than I have been privileged to know his worthy and honored successor; and whom it suits the feelings of my heart to commemorate, as best I may, since I can no more except that I may strive to imitate and commend the example of one of the most useful and consistent characters in the christian ministry; one of the most judicious and sound divines, which our country and our church had to lose or has been called to mourn. I need not write his name. A thousand fleshly tablets and some more durable monuments, record and will consecrate it in the gratitude of coming ages! For strangers, however, it may be necessary.
I refer to the late Rev.John Holt Rice, D. D. of Virginia.