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the common judgment of most, in the interpretation of some few prophetical passages, judged by them to relate to Christ. I know what Genebrard and some others of that faction, raved against him; but it was chiefly from some expressions in his institutions about the Trinity (wherein yet he is acquitted by the most learned of themselves) and not from his expositions of Scripture, for which they raised their clamours. Forthe book called 'Calvino Turcismus,'written by Reynolds and Giffard, the apologist has forgotten the design of it. Calvin is no more concerned in it, than others of the first reformers; nor is it from any doctrine about the Deity of Christ in particular, but from the whole of the reformed religion, with the apostacies of some of that profession, that they compare it with Turcism. Something indeed, in a chapter or two, they speak about the Trinity, from some expressions of Luther, Melancthon, Calvin, and others: but as to Calvin's expositions of Scripture, they insist not on them. Possibly the apologist may have seen Pareus's ' Calvinus Orthodoxus,' in answer to Hunnius's ' Calvinus Judaizans;' if not, he may at any time have there an account of this calumny.
Having passed through the consideration of the two considerable heads of this discourse, in the method called for by the apologist (having only taken liberty to transpose them, as to first and last) I must profess myself as yet unsatisfied as to the necessity, or suitableness, of this kind of defence. The sum of that which I affirmed (which alone gives occasion to the defensative now under consideration) is, that to my observation, Grotius, in his Annotations had not left above one text of Scripture, if one, giving clear evidence to the Deity of Christ; of his satisfaction I said in sum the same thing. Had the apologist been pleased to have produced instances of any evidence for the disprovement of my assertion,' I should very gladly and readily have acknowledged my mistake and oversight. I am still also in the same resolution, as to the latitude of the expression, though I have already by an induction of particulars, manifested his corrupting and perverting of so many, both in respect of the one head and of the other, with his express compliance with the Socinians in his so doing, as that I cannot have the least thought of letting fall my charge, which, with render any such inquiry or inspects nervation), contains the first is, it that which is so.
'That the word of God being Mo aave done somewhat equal truth, that doctrine which i s, than thus occasiondivine writ, must by all Christ i^t corruption in general; as irrefragably confirmed, as a vi indication of the truths of be conceived to confirm it.' _j«-die false glosses put upon
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any divine truth. But th
professor of divinity, my de;rof my endeavour for that
.^ qaruculars insisted on by the
sh jt rhetoric is laid out about
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_s» ^ajare about them. If they did, it
j iwwver his mistakes in them all
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» proTe Grotius to be a Papist,
,, jsawa the management of the jealousy,
( a*t I did at all own it, all which are
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er j^ joserorion on Rev. xii. 5. that book
AtiSJ..' having received his last hand. But
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» but his prevarication in his Annotations
"^ ^toiaotwase to press the general aphorism (as •ft* a* drunkard, &c. nor any person whatever God jr united to Christ the head, by the same a -ua. and in the sense thereof, perfecting ho.u fear of God, shall ever see his face in glory, so
mjoe eacss Bcentise scjliam.iterumquc; ad —" Essen
't what conclusion can regularly in reference to any
living or dead, be thence deduced.
. is of the annotation whereof I have spoken, which I
my liberty to do: and I presume shall still continue,
ilst I live in the same thoughts of them: though I should
a third defence of the learned Hugo Grotius.
The Epistles of Grotius to Crellius mentioned by the apologist in his first defence of him, giving some light to what hath been insisted on, I thought it not unfit to communicate them to the reader, as they came to my hand, having not as yet been printed that I know of.
Reverendo summaqne eruditionis ac pietatis viro Domino
'Libro tuob quo ad eum quem ego quondam scripseram (Eruditissime Crelli) respondisti, adeo offensus non fui, ut etiam gratias tune intra animum meum egerim, nunc et hisce agam Uteris. Primo, quod non taritum humane, sed et valde officiose mecum egeris, ita ut quasi nihil possim, nisi quod in me prsedicando, modum interdumexcedis, deinde vero, quod multa me docueris, partial utilia, partim jucunda scitu, meque exemplo tuo incitaveris ad penitius expendendum sensus sacrorum librorum. Bene autem in Epistola tua quae mihi longe gratissima advenit, de me judicas, non esse me eorum in numero qui ob sententias salva pietate dissidentes alieno a quoquam sim animo,aut boni alicujus amicitiam repudiem. Equidem in libroc *de veraReligione/ quem jam percurri, relecturus et posthac, multa invenio summo cumjudicio observata. Illud vero sasculo gratulor, repertos homines qui neutiquam in controversiis subtilibus tan turn ponunt, quantum in vera vitas emendatione, et quotidiano ad sanctitatem profectu. Utinam et mea scripta aliquid ad hoc studium in animis hominum excitandum inflammandumque; conferre possint: tunc enim non frustra me vixisse hactenus existimem. Liber 'de veritate Religionis Christianas' magis ut nobis esset solatio, quam ut aliis documento scriptus, non video
b This book of Crellius lay unanswered by Grotius above twenty years. For so long he lived after the publishing of it. It is since fully answered by Esscnius. c That is the body of Socinian divinity written by Crellius and Volkelius.
quid post tot aliorum labores utilitatis afferre possit, nisi ipsa forte brevitate. Siquid tamen in eo est, quod tibi luique bimilibus placeat, mihi supra evenit. Libris 'dejure Belliet Pacis' mihi prascipue propositum habui, ut feritatem illam, non Christianis tantum, sed ethominibus indignam.adbella pro libitu suscipienda, pro libitu gerenda, quam gliscere tot populorum malo quotidie video, quantum in me est, sedarem. Gaudeo ad principum quorundam manus eos libros venisse, qui utinam partem eorum meliorem in suum animum admit- terent. Nullus enim mihi ex eo labore suavior fructus contingere possit. Te vero quod attinet, credas, rogo, si quid unquam facere possim tui, aut eorum quos singulariteramas, causa, experturum te, quantum te tuo merito faciam. Nunc quum aliud possim nihil, Dominum Jesum supplice animo veneror, ut tibi aliisque j pietatem promoventibus propitius adsit.
x. Maii. M. DC. XXVI. Tui nominis studiosissimus. H. G.
Tarn pro Epistola (rir Clarissime) quam pro transmisso libra, gratias ago maximas. Constitui et legere et relegere diligenter quaecunque a te proficiscuntur, expertus quo cum fructu id antehac fecerim. Eo ipso tempore quo literas tuas accepi, versabar in lectione tuse interpretationis ind Epistolam ad Galatas. Quantum judicare possum et scripti occasionem et propositum, et totam seriem dictionis, ut magna cum cum indagasti, ita feliciter admodum ea assequutus. Quare Deum precor, ut et tibi et tui similibus, vitam det, et qure alia ad istiusmodi labores necessaria. Mihi ad juvandam aging Christianisrai causam, utinam tam adessent Tires, quam promptus est animus: quippe me, a prima state, per varia disciplinarum genera jactatiim, nulla res magisdelectavit, quam rerum sacrarum meditatio. Id in rebus prosperis moderamen, id in adversis solamen sensi. Pacis concilia ct amavi semper et amo nunc quoque; ebque doleo, quum video, tam pertinacibus iris committi inter se eos, qui Christi se esse dicunt. Si recte rem putamus, quantillis de
Januarii. M. DC. XXXII. Amstelodam.
l I.vl the K»dcr judge what auuotalioiis on that epistle we are to expect from
CLAIMS OF VINDICATORY JUSTICE
THIS WORK THAT ESSENTIAL PROPERTY OF
THE DIVINE NATURE IS DEMONSTRATED FROM THE SACRED
WRITINGS, AND CLEARLY DEFENDED AGAINST
SOCINUS AND HIS FOLLOWERS:
THE NECESSARY EXERCISE THEREOF; TOGETHER
WITH THE INDISPENSABLE NECESSITY OF THE SATISFACTION
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VARIOUS CELEBRATED WRITERS.
NOW FIRST TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL LATIN.
A RECOMMENDATORY PREFACE
BY THE REV. JOHN STAFFORD, D. D.
As the Publisher, in compliance with the wishes of many of the subscribers to the Works of Dr. Owen, had resolved on printing the following Translation of his 'Diatriba de Justicia Divina,' no place in the series appeared more suitable and convenient than the present. The translation was made by a Mr. Hamilton. Mr. Okme, in his Memoirs of Dr. Owen, pronounces it to be,' on the whole, well executed, but rather too literal.' I have retained the recommendatory Preface and the Translator's Notes.—Editor .