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DEFENCE QUAKERIS M;
OR, An ANS W E R to a Book intituled A PRESERVATIVE against QUAKERISM;
WRITTEN by PATRICK Smith, M. A. and Vicar, as he stiles himself, of Great Paxton in Huntingtonshire.
In which ANSW ER, His Charges against the Quakers of Deisii, Enthusiasm,
Heresy, and Schism, are considered and refuted: His Misinterpretations of the Holy Scriptures manifefted : His frequent Perversions of the Quakers Writings detected ; and their truly Christian Principles stated, and vindicated; in Opposition to his 4ttempts, which are thewn to be Weak and Self-contradictory:
With an A P P EN DIX,
CONTAINING I. An Examination of the first Class of Quaker-Tesi
mnonies, produced in a late Vindication of the Bishop
of Lichfield and Coventry. II. A Dete&tion of the Falshood of Pickworth's Narrative.
By JOSEPH BESSE. How forcible are right words! but what doth your Arguing reprove gi
Job vi. 25. It is not being gilded over with the fxternal Profession of Chriftianity that will avail us, our Religion must be a vital Principle, inwardly to change and transform us. Arch-Bishop Tillotson. Sermons in 08 ivo, p. 258, 259. 1671.
· LONDON: Printed and Sold by the Affigns of F. Sowle at the Bible in
George-Yard, Lombard-Street. 1732.
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F Writers on Religious Subjets could divest themselves of those. Paljins and
Prejudices, that accompany Purty Zeal, their Censures would be less rigid, and their Arguments more convincing.
We apprehend, the Author, now before us, was under no Necessity of stigmatizing the Quakers with the odious Names of Deisin, Enthusiasm, Heresy, Schifi, &c; since all t' useful Truth his Book contains, might h been communicated to the World, wit out them.
To have closely press’d upon Mankind the Necessity of Holiness, without wbich na Min Jhall see the Lord; that Rénovation of Heart
and Soul, that Purity of Life and Conversation, which the Christian Religion most expresly recommends, and by which it is best recommended, had been more becoming a Man, that calls himself a Minister of the Gospel, than to revive old Controversies, tending to whet Men's Minds one against another, and to excite a Fierce Zeal for Rites and Ceremonies of Human Invention; which, where it most prevails, is observ’d to prey on the Vitals of Religion, to destroy Love, the Characteristick of Christianity, and to 'e one of the worst Neighbours to Truth and Virtúe.
Tuis Observation is verified by the prefent Gate of some Countries, where the least Appearance of Truth is too often immediately. crusht by Power in the Hands of those whose Interest 'tis to suppress it : And, even · in this Nation, within the Memory of many ye: living, Truth could not appear unlicenc’d without Danger.
But, blessed be God, the Case here is alter'd: The general Liberty of Conscience we now enjoy, under a mild and prudent Administration, gives her a just Freedom: The Effect of which has been such an Improvement of Christian Love and Charity among us, as hath in a great Measure allay'd Religious Heats for differing Opinions, which always increase in Proportion to the Opposition they meet with.
Truth delights in Peace, and to spread her felf in a loving and familiar, rather than a polemick or controversial Manner; but when mistaken Men do publickly oppose her, a just Defence is necessary, to shew them their Error, and prevent the spreading it.
Thr, we think, a sufficient Reason for publishing the following Answer, to an Adversary who professes to write with Temper, without any Railing and Reviling, or bitter virulent Expressions, and personal Reflections ; a Rule, 'tis hop'd, we have closely kept to,