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notes on 1 John ii. 22. he expressly declares, " that Mahomet could not be the Antichrist, Spoken of, in Scripture, as appears from
Theff. ii. For be neither pretended to be " a God; nor was his coming with all pow
er, and signs, and lying wonders, &c."
strength of our arguments, and not on any mere human authority whatever.
The first edition of the Letter on prayer was translated into high-dutch, at Vienna, about ten or eleven years ago; with a recommendatory preface ; — by the reverend and learned Dr. Kortholt, who is now a Professor of Divinity, in the university of Gottingen, in the Electorate of Hanover.
In the second edition, there were a great many
additions and alterations. In this third edition, there are some few corrections and alterations, which were not in either of the former editions.
The texts, relating to election and reprobation, deserve to be more critically examined than I have yet seen. But enough bas been said to lead Christians into the proper interpretation. And, indeed, the generality of Christians, among us, seem now to be fully satisfied, that absolute and unconditional election and reprobation are not the doctrines, either of right reason, or of holy scripture.
If 2500, which I take to be about a fourth part, of the Jews, in and about this great city, were to be converted to Christianity : And, in order to their joining in communion with one, or more, of our Christian churches, should inh upon it, that the English Christians should be circumcised, and take on them the observation of the Law of Moses, as well as that of the gospel of Christ : Then the old controverse, which made such a noise in the apostles days, would be revived; and the Epistles of St. Paul (particularly to the Romans and to the Galatians) would be understood with more clearnesse and emphasis, than they have been commonly, in these later ages of the Christian church.
But as, at present, this is not likely to obtain in fakt, we must suppose things in such a situation; and keep that supposition in view, as constantly and clearly as we are able : And then we shall not mise of the scope of the Apostle's reasoning
The brief account of Calvin's causing Servetus to be burned, at Geneva, for an beretic, bas (I understand) displeased some persons. When it was publijhed, without a name, in some papers of The Old Whig, there was no such clamor raised against it. If I bad published it, a second time, without my name, it would have been said, That I was alhamed to own it. When I published it with my name, then it
gave the offence. This has led me to offer an apology for my publishing it; to asign the
reasons, which induced me to it; and to answer the principal objections, which have been raised against it.
I have no malice, nor ill-will, to Calvin, nor to any of the human race. I wish no harm to bis followers, but the greatest possible good; but I dislike persecution and uncharitablenese, wherever I find them.
For that reason, I have added the brief account of Archbishop Laud's cruel treatment of Dr. Leighton : Not to exasperate any person, or party; but to deter all from a spirit of uncharitablenesse; and to cause us, if possible, to repete our animofties no more.
The effay concerning the belief of things, which are above reason, bas lain by me, fome time. And is now published, that Christians may understand one another; and that infidels may no longer misrepresent and insult us, upon this head.
To promote truth, peace, liberty, charity, and the most diffufve happinesle to mankind, is the great end, for which I desire to live and that glorious causė, for which (if Iskould be called to it) I look upon myself as obliged, even to dare to die.
London, September 1, 1747. N. B. The Supplement is published by itself;
for the sake of those, who have the former editions of the other pamphlets ; and do not choose to buy this Collection of Tracts.
CON TEN TS
The occasion of writing the second epistle to the Thessalonians, more particularly, Chap. II. 1,—
That Phrase [the Day of the Lord] ex-. planed. Dr. More's mystery of iniquity, refered
13 Mabomet not the man of sin (See the general preface; and]
14 Neither Rome beatben nor the Protestants, the man of fin.
15 The Bishop of Rome, the man of fin. The Papists have apoftatized from the Christian
worship. The popish Catechism. Dr. Middleton's Letter from
Rome. The Conformity of antient and modern ceremonies. Sir Isaac Newton on the prophefes --all refered to.
17 Dr. H More, refered to. The man of sin, not one, but a succession of persons.
18 Popery incourages wickedneffe.-The popish Cate
chism.-Lawrence Banck's tax of the sacred Roman chancery, quoted.
19 Present Rome, described, Rev. xi. 8. and xvii. 5. Popish cruelty.Mede's works ; Mr. Chandler's
history of the inquisition ; Isaac Martyn; Mr. Couftos, quoted.
23 * Fox's Asts and Monuments. More's mystery, &c.
24 A God, a temporal governor. The Pope, such.
He sits in the temple of God, exalting himself above all Gods. Austin. de civ. dei.