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Clerical Petitioners, the success of the debate in parliament on their petition

150* did great service to the cause of the gospel

192 Cranmer (Archbishop) had a hand in burning Joan of Kent 35

and Ridley concerned in burning the piovs and learned Van Parre, a Dutchman

37 Creed (The Apostles') censured by some Jesuits as not favour. ing the doctrine of the Trinity

101 Cromwell (Oliver) his just sentiments of religious liberty 57* Davides (Francis) dies a martyr in prison, for holding that Christ was not to be prayed unto

125 Disquisitors (Candid) how far their views of reformation went

171 Dury (Mr.) his well meant, but idle attempt to bring all Christians to an agreement in fundamental points

153 Elohim (or Aleim) this name of God in the Hebrew being

plural, does not infer a plurality of persons in God, as it
is called

88, &c. Emlyn (Thomas) his great worth, learning, and sufferings for maintaining the Unity of God

03 Father (God, the) a strange unwarrantable notion that the

term Father stands for three persons, the Father himself,
the Son of the Father, and the Holy Ghost

113 Firmin (Thomas) an Unilarian, his eminent virtues

55, 59 his fears that the whole christian church would become paganized by confessing three persons

174 Fox (John) his letter to Queen Elizabeth, to dissuade her

from hurning two Dutch Anabaptists George (II.) an honourable testimony concerning him 54 Ghost (Holy) or Spirit, no authority from scripture to pray to any such person

129, &c. Heresy and Heretic, not names of just reproach

18 James (I.) his unworthy behaviour

50 his detestable policy

53 Joan (of Kent) burnt for her opinions concerning Christ 34, &c.

her laudable zeal in recommending the Scriptures

30* Jones (Rev. William) his catholic doctrine of the Trinity, in opposition to Dr. Clarke's scripture doctrine

68 the different method of interpretation of the two writers

ib,

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Lactantius, his testimony to the Unity of God, and to Christ as a preacherof it

112 Legate (Bartholomew) his opinions--that Christ the apostles

teach to be a man only, who began to be when he took
flesh of the Virgin Mary-that he was God only in this
sense as having a divine power conferred upon him
and that he was not to be prayed unto

48 - his good character-burnt alive in Smithfield

wherein he differed from those called Socinians

49* Litany, the perplexing variety of the objects of worship held forth in it

135 Madan (The Rev. Martin) bis singular way of explaining Deut. vi. 4.

92* Mosheim, a good historian, but to be read with caution 38* Nazarene (Christians) their right sentiments concerning God and Christ

144 Origen, bis just sentiments in one place concerning the ob. ject of prayer

128 Parliament, a most injnrious Act, passed 9 and 10 Wm. III. Paul (Father) how withheld from quitting the communion of the church of Rome

188* not entirely satisfied with his own methods of quieting his scruples

ib. Plato, his doctrine of a second God grafted upon the gospel by the beathen converts

139 Prideaux (Dr.) his interpretation of the Chaldee phrase, the word of God

84* Robertson (Rev. Dr.) relinquishes his preferment in the

cbarch of Ireland—the motives that induced bim 196 Secker (Abp.) bis explanation of the Trinity of three being

174 Sherlock (Dr.) his trinity of three minds

59 Smalridge (Bp.) his anworthy fears of examining into the truth of established forms of worship

76 South (Dr.) his trinity of three inodes or attributes

ib. Socinus maintains that Christ, though a man only with ex

traordinary powers from God, is to be prayed unto 125 Stephen, his request to Christ (Aets vii. 49), accounted for without authorizing prayer to him

118 Tucker (Rev. Dr.) bis ungrammatical and contradictory language concerning the Trinity

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one

'Tillotson (Abp.) bis opinion .concerning frequenting public

worship, where one could not sincerely join in the

191

prayers used in it

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Whiston (William) his expulsion from the university of Cam.

bridge for maintaining that the only God of Christians is
Gud the Father

his character
Whitby (Rev. Dr.) maintains that the christian writers, be--

fore the council of Nice, held that Christ was not God,
but a creature made by bim

his retractation of the errors in his Commentaries on the New Testament concerning Christ Wightman (Edward) burnt to death for his opinions concern

ing the Trinity Wollaston (Rev. Mr.) and his associates their application

to the bishops to set forward a reformation-rejected

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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. IT would be doing an injury to the petitioners to parliament for redress in the matter of subscription, with whom the writer was from the first connected, to class them as holding the same opinions with him, if there should be any thing to blame in the freedom with which he hath delivered his sentiments on some favourite points. The rise of his scruples and difficulties was many years prior to that connexion, and would, he is persuaded, have brought him to take the step he has been constrained to for his own quiet, without it. Whilst at the same time he must ever think the design and conduct of that association, unsuccessful in its main point as it hath hitherto been, highly serviceable to true religion, and honourable to all concerned in it; and cannot but reflect with peculiar satisfaction, that he did not quit his ministry in the church established, till the most reasonable attempts for a farther

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reformation were rejected; first, in the honourable the Commons House of Parliament refusing the petition of the clergy, and the two professions of law and physic, for relief in the matter of subscription to the Liturgy, and Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England; and next, in the abrupt negative put by the governors of the church upon the application made to them by the Rev. Mr. Wollaston and his associates, * for their assistance and direction in procuring this relief: viz. that in their opinion it wasť neither prudent nor safe to do any thing in the matter by them submitted to their consideration; the very words (as communicated by a friend) of the Ap of

Three of Mr. Wollaston's associates have been since promoted to dignities in the Church: the Honourable James Yorke to the Bishopric of Ely, Dr. Porteus to Chester, Dr. Percy to the Deanery of Carlisle. As the influence of these gentlemen is increased by their high stations, it is not to be doubted but it will be exerted in accomplishing as far as they are able the desired reformation: and a better plan cannot be proposed than appeared soon after this present Work was laid before the public, and is in some respects an improvement upon it, printed without the name of the Author, but ascribed to an honourable member of their association, and entitled “ Queries relating to the Book of Common Prayer, &c. with proposed Amendments; addressed to Those in Authority, and submitted to their Consideration." London. Printed for J. Wilkie, No. 71, St. Paul's Church-yard, 1774.

+ “ It may therefore be dangerous to begin with making alterations and amendments in the church, lest those scaf. foldings, which are erected for repairs, should be made use of to pull down the whole fabrie."

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