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(To the Fourth Edition),
TO THE READER.
IN this fourth edition a few illustrations have been added, and some alteration made in the interpretation formerly given of one or two places of Scripture.
Such alterations, I am persuaded, will be so far from being considered as marks of weakness and inconstancy, that they will rather be commended by all ingenuous persons. For the book of Revelation, as well as that of Nature, contains many passages which have not yet been sufficiently explored and unfolded; and our long imbibed and obstinate prejudices always leave something to be discovered and corrected by future industry and a more candid inquiry.
But the writer has found no reason of change whatsoever, respecting the chief object of the work, and cause of relinquishing his benefice and
withdrawing himself entirely from the established worship of the church of England, now more than
eight years ago. For, in reading the sacred writings, fresh conviction has continually poured in upon him, and still more confirmed him in his persuasion, that divine worship is to be paid, and prayer to be offered, to the One, living and true God, the Father, only; and not to Jesus Christ, or any other person.
As few are disposed to read a long Latin epistle, however curious and elegant, and many not able, it has been judged proper to give a translation of the letter of John Fox, our pious and learned martyrologist, to Queen Elizabeth, in which he entreats her to save from the flames two unfortunate Dutch Anabaptists, condemned for heresy, who had fled hither from their own country for refuge. It is therefore now taken from the Appendix, and inserted in the course of the narrative.
I. THE Introduction, with some strictures on the origin of the doctrine of the Trinity, and the opposition it met with to the time of the Reformation
II. Of the state of the Unitarian doctrine,
in our own country more especially,
III. That there is but One God, the Father.
IV. The causes of the unhappy defection
Principal Matters contained in this Volume.
N. B. This mark * refers to the note in the page annexed to it.
ALLIX (Dr.) obtrudes his own Trinitarian notions on the
Anabaptists (Dutch) among other things denied the doctrine
cruelly put to death by Queen Elizabeth
Authority (Human) in the things of religion, the cause of the greatest and most lasting miseries and corruptions of the truth
Author (The) account of the rise and progress of his scruples concerning the Trinity
what determined him at last to quit his ministrations
Baptism in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of
owns that the Jews never had been able to find
his uncharitable zeal
Biddle (John) the Socinian, or Unitarian, an account of
his excellent character
Calamy (Dr.) his useful and valuable work
Calvin (John) causes Servetus to be burnt alive for opposing the doctrine of the Trinity
quoted with respect
Capellus (Louis) his interpretation of the Chaldee phrase, the word of the Lord
Christ not accused by the Jews, John v. 18, of making himself equal, but like to God. What meant by his being like to God
honouring him as the Father, how to be understood
a teacher of the Divine Unity
his being joined together with God, no proof of equality
his office of mediator and high priest, a demonstration that he cannot be God to whom he is a priest and minister
ascribing blessing and honour, &c. to him, does not
his power and dominion, what? no ground of
the true doctrine concerning him very early corrupted by the heathen converts
their errors concerning him
Christians at first, and for some time ignorant of the Trinity, both name and thing
the Jewish, always preserved the true doctrine concerning Jesus Christ, and the Divine Unity
Clarke (Dr. Samuel) his character
a great reviver of the doctrine of the Divine Unity an instance of his christian courage and sincerity vindication of his memory from a groundless aspersion
his zeal for the worship of the One true God, the Father
spent much time and labour in amending the Liturgy of the Church of England
strikes out of the Liturgy, or reforms, all those parts, in which prayer or worship is offered to Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost
a list of his amendments of the Liturgy Clerical Petitioners, design of their association