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I. A General System or Body
II. The Thirty nine Articles
of Religion. .
To which is added.
St. JEROM's Epistle
By Thomas Bennet, D. D. Vicar of
The Third Edition.
Printed for James and Johnknapton,
THE follo wing LETTER, wherein I have given Dircctions/iv Studying a general System or Body of Divinity, was written in the Tear 1705, at the Request of a young Gentleman, To whom, as the Beginning shews, I had made a 'Promise of it.
tVhilst it lay by me, 1 be flow'd some leisure Hours in correcting it; and at length 1 have determin'd to make it 'Public. Because I conceive, that something of this Nature is much wanted j and I have been encouraged to hope, that this imperfect Attempt will be Serviceable, till a more exact Performance shall render it Useless.
The Texts relating to the Duty of the Clergy; which were barely named in the Original LETTER, I have printed at large. By this Means, without the Trouble of turning over his Bible, the Reader will be furnish'd with proper Matter forserious Reflections on Days of Retirement.
I have subjoined such Directionsfor Studying the Thirty nine Articles of Religion, as will, if I mistake not, set them in a different Light, and give amore distinct and particular View of them, than may be found elsewhere. Such as have Opportunity, may compare (if they please) what ethers have written on them.
J havebeen fore'dto add St. Jerom'j Epistle to Nepotianusj because 'tis not to be met with, that I remember, otherwise than amongst his Works, or in some Collection of his Epistles, which all 'Persons can't command the Use of.
The Nature oj my 'Des1gn confin'd me to a very few Books; such as might plentifully instruct, and yet not discourage or overburden, young Beginners. 'Twas therefore impossible for me to mention many excellent ones, which every Body esteems, and for which none has a jufter Value than my self. This made my Ghoice difficult. I hope, it has not proved in many Instances unhappy. The whole Number of them may be bought for about Twelve 'Pounds, as will appear to those who consider the Catalogue.
c*' . ■ T. BENNET.
WHereas 1n the following Papers I have made some References to the Second Part of the Rights of the Clergy, which is now printing, but have omitted the Numbers of the Chapters, because I have already found it necessary to alter the Division of them during the Working of the Press: I do hereby promise, that when that Book is printed off, which mail be as.fast as my Circumstances will suffer me to attend the doing of it, I will give such a Table at the End of it, as shall direct the Reader how to make the Figures of Reference with his Pen, without prejudicing his Copy of this Book.
Different Methods of studying Divinity have been pre-
Seven things premised relating to the- Method prescribed
Thirdly, The Author sometimes differs in his Judgment