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That the Books of the New Testament were written by
That our Savior and his Apostles were Teachers sent
from, and inspir'd by, Almighty God.
Of the Objections of the Deifts.
from, and inspired by, Almighty God. ibid.
Thirdly, With respect to the Hypothesis of the Ma-
Of the Descent into Hell.
Of Predestination, Free Will, Grace, universal Rem
of the Controversy with the Saturday Sabbatarians
about the Christian Sabbath.
Of Casuistical and Practical Writers.
The Fifteenth Article.
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INTENDED to have given
The Occasion you this Trouble much sooner ;
of this Letbut my late Rambles, my Busi
ness, and diverse Accidents (not to mention that Indisposition of Body which I have labor'd under) have hindred me. And there fore I must in the beginning of it beg Pardon for the Delay, as perhaps I shall have reason before the Conclusion of it, for the Length of my Letter
&tion for you.
I shall not wast either Time or Paper in Apologies. No Man knows better than my self, that there are numberless Persons, whose Age and Experience have rendred them abundantly more able to direct you, than I can pretend to be ; and perhaps, after the perufal of what follows, you'll be forc'd to seek a more skilful Guide, and receive better Advice from another Hand. But, since you were pleas'd to create me an Opportunity of difcoursing with you upon that Head; and since the hurry I was then in, drew upon me this Imployment: I hope, you'll accept and excuse what I now offer to you, as a Proof (tho’ of my own Insufficiency, yet) of a most unfeigned and hearty Affe
What you expect, Sir,is, thatIshould lay before you such a Method of beginning the Study of Divinity, as I would recommend to a person who designs for Holy Orders. This therefore I shall endevor to do.
And First, I must intreat you to read Books relating some of those Treatises, which will inso the Duty of struct you in the Duty of the Clergy the Clergy.
; such as St. Chryfoftom of the Priesthood, St. Gregory Nazianzen's Apologetical Oration, St. Jerom to Nepotianus, the Pastoral of Gregory the Great, Bishop Burnets Pastoral Care, Mr. Herbert's Country Parson, Mr. Dodwell's first Letter of Advice, and the like. I presume, 'twill be no difficult Matter for you to procure the Use of all these Books, and 'tis hardly possible for you to peruse too many of them. However, let me persuade you not to omit the reading of St. Chrysostom's and Bishop Burnets Pieces, and our Church's Offices of Ordination, especially the Exhortation to those who are to be ordain'd Priests. But above all, let me prevail upon you seriously to consider that Collection of Scriptures,