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pounded with the loss of my peace, and all my studipus 'pursuits.
Such, candid reader, is the account of the author of the following little treatise, and of his situation when composing it: a man not wise in the estimation of others, in his own very foolish; first called from rural retirement and the noise of arms to this university, and very lately again returned to it from excursions in the cause of the gospel, not only to the extremities of this island, but to coasts beyond the seas, and now again deeply engaged in the various and weighty duties of his station; whether any thing exalted or refined can be expected from such a person, is easy for any one to determine.
With regard to our manner of writing, or Latin diction, as some are wont to acquire great praise from their sublimity of expression, allow me but a word or two. Know then reader, that you have to do with a person, who provided his words, but clearly express the sentiments of his mind, entertains a fixed and absolute disregard for all elegance and ornaments of speech. For,
Dicite Pontifices, in sacris quid facit aurinn?
Say Bishops, of what avail is glitter to sacred subjects I
In my opinion indeed, he, who in a theological contest should please himself with the idea of displaying rhetorical flourishes, would derive no other advantage therefrom, but that his head, adorned with magnificent verbose garlands and pellets, would fall a richer victim to the criticisms of the learned.
But whatever shall be the decision of the serious and judicious, with respect to this treatise, if I shall any how stir up an emulation in others, on whom the grace of God may have bestowed more excellent gifts, to bring forward to public utility their pure, solid, and learned labours, and shall excite them from their light, to confer light on the splendour of this university, I shall be abundantly gratified. Farewell, pious reader, and think not lightly of him, who hath used his most zealous endeavours to serve thy interest in the cause of the gospel.
b In the year 1651, Dr. Owen was settled in the deanery of Christ's College; and in 1652 chosen vice-chancellor of that university.
Atheists The prolepsis* of slice, according to Aristotle, tig these. Another division. nils respects.
of God and of his just- divine perfections; but ce; of the certainty of all mankind will, one role, either by faith in it by feeling its effects, to >rld hereafter. But as ne light, and as both our inadequate to conceive of (hence, that common and rduous thing to speak of so important a subject with herewith it becomes it to be 1 on his aid, 'who was made s, God himself blessed for itten, and whatever I have r I have written and assert, judgment, and humility, must h as are competent judges.
evious and concise view of a subject, or, an anIreatise it means, a natural or innate conception of
ns either to claim and assert a right, or to punish justice then, we are to understand that perfection to vindicate his right by punishing its violators. It ndictive * or understood as meaning revengeful. Or justice.
es this work; ' My book of the Vindictive Justice 188 For the sense in which he uses the term 'vindic93 vol. ix. 46, 47. vol. x. pp. 102, 103. Editor.