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A compressed View of the Religious Principles and Prac-
tices of the Age; or, a Trial of the Chief Spirits
that are in the World, by the Standard of

the Scriptures; attempted

IN

EIGHT SERMONS

PREACHED BEFORE

THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD,

IN THE YEAR MDCCCXIX,

AT THE
LECTURE

FOUNDED BY

THE LATE REV. JOHN BAMPTON, M. A.

CANON OF SALISBURY.

BY

HECTOR DAVIES MORGAN, M. A.

OF TRINITY COLLEGE; MINISTER OF CASTLE HEDINGHAM,

ESSEX; AND CHAPLAIN TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

LORD KENYON.

OXFORD,

AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS FOR THE AUTHOR.

SOLD BY J. PARKER, OXFORD; AND MESSRS. RIVINGTON, ST.
PAUL'S CHURCH YARD, AND WATERLOO PLACE, LONDON.

shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord
that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift
destruction.

Acts xx. 27-30.

I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of

God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all

the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you

overseers, to feed the Church of God, which he hath

purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that

after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among

you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves

shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away

disciples after them.

Expedience of a right interpretation of the Scrip-
tures, and the offence of perverting them.-Calvinistic
doctrines, as explained by Williams, Scott, Vaughan,
and Simeon, compared with the Scriptures. I. Origi-
nal Sin. II. Free Will. III. Grace. 1. What Cal-
vinists do not hold concerning grace. 2. Grace a living
principle, of indispensable necessity, conferred by an
act of sovereignty. 3, Special grace. 4. Conversion.
5. Regeneration. 6. Indefectible grace and final per-
severance. 7. Grace, in what sense irresistible. 8. Grace
how sensible. Experiences. IV. Justification by grace.
1. Justification a sovereign act of God. 2. Justification
by faith without works. 3. The faith which justifies.
4. Primary and final justification. V. General and par-
ticular redemption. 1. Dr. Williams's view of Predes-
tination without Reprobation. 2. Mr. Vaughan's De-
fence and Maintenance of the Doctrine of Reprobation.
-Texts opposed to Calvinistic doctrines.--Important

concessions of Calvinists. — Note on their practical

preaching..

.“ We require nothing of our opponents beyond a fair

“ discrimination. Let them state the censurable tenets, bring

“ clear evidence against the accused; and, having proved

“ them guilty, proceed to pass sentence upon them: but

“ surely it is not cándid to conclude under one general sen-

“ tence so large and multifarious a body of men as are now

Corruption of the spirituality of the Christian religion
foretold. Doctrines of the Romanists explained by De-
lahogue, Berington, Gandolphy, and Eustace, compared
with the Scriptures. 1. The authority of the Scriptures
and of tradition. 2. The infallibility of the Church.
3. Privileges of the Church of Rome. 4. Titles and
powers of the Pope. 5. Celibacy of the Priesthood.
6. The seven Sacraments. 7. Transubstantiation, Com-

munion in one kind, and the Sacrifice of the Mass.

8. The Sacrament of Penance, Contrition, Confession,

and Satisfaction. 9. Indulgences. 10. Purgatory, and

prayers for the Dead. 11. Invocation of Saints. 12.

Relics, &c. 13. Pomp of Service. 14. Authority of

the Pope in secular affairs. 15. Mr. Eustace's view of

the religion of Italy.

The violation of Christian unity foretold. The prin-

ciples of Nonconformists, as explained by Winter, Con-

der, Bass, Fielding, and in the “ Life of a Dissenting

“ Minister," compared with the Scriptures. 1. The

right of private judgment and unlimited inquiry in reli-

gion. 2. National establishments for religion. 3. The

nature of ecclesiastical unity. 4. Ministerial authority.
5. Misapprehension of Matt. xx. 25-28. 6. Apósto-
lical succession. 7. Orders of ministry. 8. Election
of Ministers, and right of the people in the administra-
tion of ecclesiastical affairs.- Independence of the pri-
mitive Churches, and voluntary nature of Christian
communion. 9. Baptism. 10. Confirmation. 11. The

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