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(To the Fourth Edition),
TO THE READER.
IN this fourth edition a few illustrations have been added, and some alteration made in the interpretation formerly given of one or two places of Scripture.
Such alterations, I am persuaded, will be so far from being considered as marks of weakness and inconstancy, that they will rather be commended by all ingenuous persons. For the book of Revelation, as well as that of Nature, contains many passages which have not yet been sufficiently explored and unfolded; and our long imbibed and obstinate prejudices always leave something to be discovered and corrected by future industry and a more candid inquiry.
But the writer has found no reason of change whatsoever, respecting the chief object of the work, and cause of relinquishing his benefice and
withdrawing himself entirely from the established worship of the church of England, now more than eight years ago. For, in reading the sacred writings, fresh conviction has continually poured in upon him, and still more confirmed him in his persuasion, that divine worship is to be paid, and prayer to be offered, to the One, living and true God, the Father, only; and not to Jesus Christ, or any
person. As few are disposed to read a long Latin epistle, however curious and elegant, and many not able, it has been judged proper to give a translation of the letter of John Fox, our pious and learned martyrologist, to Queen Elizabeth, in which he entreats her to save from the flames two unfortunate Dutch Anabaptists, condemned for heresy, who had fled hither from their own country for refuge. It is therefore now taken from the Appendix, and inserted in the course of the narrative.
Page I. The Introduction, with some strictures
on the origin of the doctrine of the
1 II. Of the state of the Unitarian doctrine,
in our own country more especially,
29 III. That there is but One God, the Father.
Religious worship to be offered to this
79 IV. The causes of the unhappy defection
among Christians from the simplicity
Scriptures of the New Testament 137 V. Union in God's true worship, how to be attained
... 153 VI. The Writer's particular case and dif
Principal Matters contained in this Volume.
N. B. This mark * refers to the note in the page annexed to it.
Page ALLIX (Dr.) obtrudes his own Trinitarian notions on the Chaldeé paraphrasts
84* Anabaptists (Dutch) among other things denied the doctrine of the Trinity, and that Christ was God
41 cruelly put to death by Queen Elizabeth 42 Authority (Human) in the things of religion, the cause of
the greatest and most lasting miseries and corruptions
145 Author (The) account of the rise and progress of his scruples concerning the Trinity
179 how he quieted his mind for a time
184, &c. what determined him at last to quit his ministrations in the Church of England, and withdraw himself entirely
from its worship
the Holy Ghost, no argument for the doctrine of the
96 Beveridge (Bishop) very perplexed on the subject of the Trinity
13, 14 owns that the Jews never had been able to find a Trinity in the Old Testament
83* his uncharitable zeal
10* Biddle (John) the Socinian, or Unitarian, an account of 54 his excellent character
55 Calamy (Dr.) his useful and valuable work
183* Calvin (John) causes Servetus to be burnt alive for opposing the doctrine of the Trinity
3 quoted with respect
69* 154 Capellus (Louis) his interpretation of the Chaldee phrase, the word of the Lord
Christ not accused by the Jews, John v. 18, of making
himself equal, but like to God. What meant by his
honouring him as the Father, how to be understood 7
8 a teacher of the Divine Unity his being joined together with God, no proof of equality to him
100 a devout worshiper of God
110 directed others to pray to the Father only
111 his office of mediator and high priest, a demonstration that he cannot be God to whom he is a priest and minister
115 ascribing blessing and honour, &c. to him, does not imply that he is God, or the object of worship
119 prayer to bim not commanded por authorized in the Scriptures
bis power and dominion, what ? no ground of praying to him
123, 124 the true doctrine concerning him very early cor. rupted by the heatheu converts
138 their errors concerning him
refuted by St. John 140 Christians at first, and for some time ignorant of the Trinity, both name and thing
the Jewish, always preserved the true doctrine concerning Jesus Christ, and the Divine Unity
143, 144 Clarke (Dr. Samuel) his character
67 a great reviver of the doctrine of the Divine Uuity 68 an instance of his christian courage and sincerity 70
vindication of his memory from a groundless aspersion
71 his zeal for the worship of the One true God, the Father
160 spent much time and labour in amending the Liturgy of the Church of England
162 strikes out of the Liturgy, or reforms, all those parts, in which prayer or worship is offered to Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost
163 - a list of his amendments of the Liturgy 164, &c, Clerical Petitioners, design of their association