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BY JOHN M. DUNCAN,

Pastor of the Associate Reformed Congregation of Baltimore.

* We have a law, and BY OUR LAW he ought to die."-John xix. 7.

"They had AGREED ALREADY, that if any man did confess that he was
Christ, he should be pur OUT OF THE SYNAGOGUE.”—John ix. 22.

They shall put you out of the synagogues : yea, the time cometh, that who-
wever killeth you will think that he DOETH GOD SERVICE."-John xvi. 2.

Baltimore,
CUSHING & SONS,
No. 6, N. Howard-st.

1834.

Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1834, by Cushing & Sons, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Maryland.

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BANDS & XEILSON, PRINTERS.

PREFACE.

A FEW years since I offered, to students of theology, and to young ministers of the gospel in America, a small volume, entitled — “Remarks on the rise, use, and unlawfulness of creeds and confessions of faith in the Church of God.” That volume have been desired to revise for republication, but have preferred to write the whole argument anew. The quotations and facts, which were then advanced, are generally preserved in the present essay; but with that exception, this volume, - offered in like manner to students of theology, and to young ministers of the gospel, while it is also extended to the public at large,- is a new work.

Dr. Miller's name, with various quotations from his writings, appear in the following pages. I could not avoid such a reference. He was pleased to enter into the discussion, at the time when I felt myself called upon to express and publish my views, on the general topic which the controversy involves. So far as I know, his “Introductory Lecture” contains as fair and full an exhibition of the argument in favour of creeds, as can well be made out, and offers premises, which, if they be accurate, would irresistibly

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