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« merian, Lutheran, or Calvinist. Christ is " my master, and the holy scriptures my rule " and only standard of divine truth. Fa“thers and councils, fynods and convoca« tions, ancients and moderns, both learned re and holy men, are my fellow-servants : 65I embrace them as helps, but I will not « follow them as infallible guides : I know « none such but the holy scriptures, &c.”
The sheets now offered to the public were in the press before the author dieds and his manuscripts were delivered to the editor with his own hand. Had he lived, he designed to have made the work much more extensive, and to have considered the various parts of che christian religion, in the same manner as he has considered the attributes, &c. of God.
That part of his design which is perfected, I, in compliance with his earnest request, present to the public, desiring that the book may be read with candor and attention, and (as the author expressed himself a few days before he died) “ most ardently with, that it <may have the same good effect upon the
" well-disposed minds of the present learned " and inquisitive age, as it had upon him< self.” I have nothing more to add, but that I have honestly published the work, juit as the author left it, without making tie least alteracion, even in favour of my own sentiments.
The design of the book. A sample of its man
ner. The author's name. Connected with Sir Isaac Newton. The religious opinions of that great man. The former edition very little known.
THE reader is here presented with a book
of extraordinary merit. Its fubject is important, if any can be so called; especially in the present state of things, in the christian world, and in our own country. The design of it is to shew, from the sacred writings, that there is but one God, one single perfon, who is the God, and parent of the
universe, to be acknowledged and adored by
The proof of these points, but chiefly of
drawn from the premises, with the precision and accuracy of a geometrician, and with a plainness and clearness level to the most ordinary capacity, and such as will satisfy the highest.
And although the book, upon the face of it, carries the appearance of deep learning, from the explanation of some Greek terms in the New Testament, which may at first sight affright those from the reading of it, who are unacquainted with the dead languages; yet there is in reality hardly any part, which may not be useful to and readily understood by the attentive English reader.
The like method is observed, in the second division of the work; in what relates to the character and offices of Jesus Christ. And the several different propofitions, concerning this appointed saviour, and lord, and master of christians, are supported by circumstances of internal evidence, which are easily comprehended, and afford the most solid and convincing proof of all others.
In short, here are the materials, collected with great labour, and skilully arranged and