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T H E FIRST, o
in the Writers of the Four First Centuries, |
As MAKE For or AGAINSTIT;
THE SEC O N D,
SEVERAL THINGS To ILLUSTRATE THE SAID HISTORY.
TO WHICH IS ADDED,
A D E F E N C E
A GAINST THE REFLECTIONs of M.R. GALE AND OTHERs.
WICAR OF SHOREHAM, IN KENT,
IN THREE VOLUMES,
L 0N D Q N :
CHAPTER I. Some Passages cited; but not to the Purpose
II. Opinions of learned Men concerning ancient
III. Of those who are said to be born of Christian
Of St. Gregory Nazianzen —
Of Nectarius - - -
Of St. Austin
IV. Church of the Ancient Britons; the Nova-
V. Of Heretics that denied Water-Baptism; of
of the Paulianists, &c. - Dispute among the Catholics whether Baptism by Heretics be valid
The Nicene Fathers accused of Tritheism
VI. Opinions of the Antients concerning the Fu
ture State of Infants, or those who die.
unbaptized — - Opinions in anno 500, 600, 1000, and 1200, respecting unbaptized Infants
Argument of the Christian World with respect
CHA PTE R. I. *
AND PRETENDED TO BE TO THIS PURPOSE,
The passages produced in the First Part, are all that I have met with in authors that wrote in the four first centuries; saving that in St. Austin's works there are, as I said, a great many more ; but all to the same purpose. In some collections of this nature I have scen several other quotations, pretended to be out of the authors within the said term; — but they are either,
1. Out of such books as are now discovered to be forgeries of late years; or, 2. They are nothing to the purpose; or, 3. Wrested and altered by those that cite them to another sense than what they carry in the authors themselves; or, t 4. Such wherein the author does not say that for
* The Rey. Mr. Wall, in the following part of his Work, has accommodated his dates to the Years after the Apostles, instead of fixing them to the Years of our Lord. The dates, therefore, which occur [between crotchets.] are to be understood as years after the time of the Apostles; but where two dates are inserted, the first refers to the §. of Christ, and the second to the Year after the Apostles.
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