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hath happily convinced many readers ; who knew not how to think justly of God or themselves, till they were taught by this author. His work being too large and diffuse for this collection, an abridgment of it has long been ardently wished for : and it is now happily discovered, that his principles were laid down by himself in two sermons, the substance of which he contracted into one discourse; of which we have been favoured with a copy; and to this we would add another discourse on the same subject, which rectifies a text of the Scriptures, a false interpretation of which has given countenance and currency to most of the modern deistical mistakes about nature and reason.
Infidelity having been very busy of late years, under the new name of Unitarianism, the people should be properly informed upon this subject, and the arguments in favour of the fundamental doctrines of the Church of England should be well understood, in opposition to such gainsayers. For this end we shall add from the Rev. Mr. Norris's decisive Treatise on Faith and Reason, the last chapter ; in which the argument is summed up: and shall subjoin to it, two treatises adopted by the society for promoting christian knowlege ; the first, A Preser
vative against the Publications of the Socinians ; the second, the Catholic Doctrine of the Trinity : which is now out of print, except in the small edition distributed by the society. It was little suspected in the last century, that the time would come, when the fabulous idolatry of heathens should be openly preferred to the Gospel in a christian country. But it hath now actually been done in this country by individual authors, and is done by the nation itself in another. It will not be superfluous nor impertinent if we subjoin some anonymous Remarks on the Growth of Heathenism among modern Christians.
No divine of this church ever studied his profession with better opportunities, nor with more diligence and success, than the late excellent and amiable Bishop Horne : we are informed, that in the papers he has left behind him, there are such rules and directions in many separate pieces, for the study of divinity, with such an apparatus of theological matter, collected from all the sources of learning, as would of themselves, if put together, form an inestimable treasure for the iniprovement of young students in divinity. Some of these we propose to add, if it may be permitted.
It is our intention to publish the whole col. lection, with the names * of the subscribers prefixed ; and we trust it will appear, that the times, bad as they are, can still exhibit a large and respectable association of gentlemen and clergy, who will show by their patronage of this publication, that they are desirous and ready, so to think, and so to teach, and so to live, as to draw down the protection of Heaven, for the preservation and increase of true learning and true religion.
POSTSCRIPT. The reader of these three
should be informed, that the first draught of the plan laid down in them, has received some considerable alterations ; partly from choice, and partly from necessity : but it was thought better to reprint the papers, as they were published, than to give new trouble by such annotations and explanations, as are not necessary to the main design.
* The society, on farther consideration, deemed it no necessary to solicit a subscription for this collection.
FROM HIS PRINTED WORKS:
A FREE ACCOUNT, (IN CONSEQUENCE OF A FREE INQUIRY,)
Of Extracts from the Writings of Dr. Priestley, which
were read in Court at the Assizes at Warwick,
MENS CUJUSQUE, IS EST QUISQUE.