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AS UNDERSTOOD BT THE
CHURCH OF ENGLAND;
IK REPLY TO
"Scripture the only Guide to Religious Truth /'
"A NARRATIVE OF THE PROCEEDINGS
SOCIETY OF BAPTISTS,
IN RELINQUISHING THE
POPULAR SYSTEMS OF RELIGION, &c."
IN A SERIES OF LETTERS TO MR. D. EATON.
By The Rev. JOHN GRAHAM,
RECTOR OF ST. MARY, BISHOPHILL SEN. AND OF
PRINTED BT WILLIAM BLANCHARD:
And sold by J. Mathews, No. I8, Strand, London;
TO THE PUBLIC.
A.FTER the many excellent Publications which have been called forth, from time to time, in vindication of the peculiar Doctrines of Christianity, it will be necessary for me to state the principal reasons which induced me to fend the following sheets into the world.
i. I do not recollect to have seen any work of ordinary size, and cheap price, which treats upon all* the subjects here necessary to be discussed, in a way calculated for popular use.
* Amidst the numerous convincing Tracts that have been written in defence of detached Doctrines, I here take the opportunity of recommending to my Reader's perusal, two published a sew years ago at Leeds; the one entitled " a short .Defence of the Divinity of Christ"; the other, *« a short Defence of the Atonement of Christ.".
2. Many persons, when any of these important Doctrines are assailed, do not know what Books to enquire for; they, therefore, either fit down with bad impressions upon their minds, or else, more usually, increase those impressions, by being led to apprehend, after an unsuccessful search, that no satisfaction is to be had.
3. Old books, especially if they be in any measure of a controversial nature, are seldom read; because they are old, and because they are supposed to be suited only to the occasion for which they were written.
4. Such being the restless perseverance of the enemies of Orthodox principles, that without having offered satisfactory arguments in reply to the able Defences which have been made for these principles, they perpetually bring forward their sentiments as if they had never been answered: The only method left us, of counteracting their pernicious attempts, seems to be, to follow up each successive Publication of any weight, with an appropriate reply.
— Demo unum, demo etiam unnm,
5. Although this little Work has kept the Narrative, to which it was intended to be a reply, closely in view; yet I have endeavoured so to frame it, that it may, upon the whole, be perfectly intelligible to those who have not seen thatpublication. Moreover, since the subjects of it are the most important Doctrines of Religion; and since, in replying to the Narrative, I have in some measure, met the principal part of popular objections and reasonings which occur in other Socinian writers upon these subjects; it may, in the absence of something more excellent, be not without its use in the hands of serious orthodox Christians in general.
It must be confessed that in these "perilous times," when the enemies of Truth aud