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notes on i John ii. 22. he expressly declares, u that Mahomet could not be the Antichrist, "spoken of, in Scripture, as appears jrom u 2 Thess. ii. For he neither pretended to be "a God; nor was his coming with all pow"er, and signs, and lying wonders, &c."
Hmvever, we rely on the Jlrength of our argumentst 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 Prose for of Divinity, in the university of Gottingen, in the Electorate u/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 has 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 o/'holy scripture.
If 2 5 co, which I take to be about a fourth part, of the Jews, in and about this great cityt •were to be converted to Christianity: And, in order to their joining in communion with one, or more, of our Christian churches, stould insist 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 controverfiet 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 clear neffe 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 fast, we must suppose things in such a situation; and keep that juppofition in view, as constantly and clearly as we are able: And then we stall not mijfe of the scope of the Apostle's reasoning.
The brief account of Calvin's caufing Servetus to be burned, at Geneva, for an heretict has (I understand) displeased some persons. When it was published, without a name, in some papers of The Old Whig, there was no such clamor raised against it. Is I had publisted it, a second time, without my name, it would have been said, That I was ashamed 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 assign 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 os the human race, I wish no harm to his followers, but the greatest possible good; but I dislike persecution and uncharitablenesfe, 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 uncharitablenesfe; and to cause us, if possible, iff repete our animofities no more.
The essay concerning the belief of things, which are above reason, has lain by me, some 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 diffusive happinesfe to mankind, is the great end, for which 1 desire to live; and that glorious cause, for which (if Ishould be called to it) I look upon myself as obliged, even to dare to die.
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.
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"Fox's Acts and Monuments. More's mystery, &c.