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Mr. Kett's—Mr. King's—Dr. Priestley's, and Mr.
What is meant by the end so frequently re-
The opinion of Mr. Mede, Dr. Sykes, and Dr.
Edwards, that the Kingdom of God in Luke xxi.
Distinction between Primary and Secondary senses
• Page 117, &c.
A remarkable quotation from Mr. Richards’s
Bampton Lectures, upon this subject 122.
of sense of Scripture-thinks the discourse con-
of Bishop Newton, upon
Mr. King's opinion, in his Morsels of Criticism,
xxivth of Matthew, and particularly of the ex-
New interpretations of Matthew xxv. proposed
Mr. Mede acknowledges that his Interpretation of
the phrase, coming in the clouds of Heaven, is
attended with a difficulty he cannot get over.
The Bishop of Landaff's Opinion, that their hay-
ing taught such a Doctrine does not affect their
pages 167, 168.
The Writers, from whom it has been the Author's misfortune to differ, are many of them numbered among the Dead, and are therefore unable to defend themselves--but there are Those still living whose Learning and Abilities are equally respectable, and who are equally competent to detect any Errors into which he may have inadvertently fallen. From them he neither asks, nor expects any other quarter than what a candid and ingenuous Opponent will always be ready to give : And he is confident they will not, unnecessarily, wound the feelings of one, who has been ardently solicitous to establish, on the most solid basis, the credit of the Christian Religion, from a firm conviction, if full justice is done to it, that it is worthy of all Acceptation.
The Author begs leave to add, that his first object having been to endeavor to understand the New Testament himself; if he hath succeeded in obtaining a more accurate knowledge of it, than those who have gone before him; it is not owing to superior advantages of situation; still less, to superior learning and abilities. Indeed he cannot help considering it as one considerable argument iti favor of Christianity, that it requires, not so much, a superior depth of learning, as an attentive perusal of it as an History, and particularly, as an History of the great Controversy between Jesus
and the Jews, concerning the true nature of the Messiah's Character. Viewing it in this light, discoveries have gradually been made by him, of which he had no conception, particularly with respect to St. Paul's Man of Sin, and the Antichrist of St. John. And he is firmly persuaded, that if the same plan is faithfully pursued; it will be followed by discoveries, still more important and satisfactory!