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ORIGINAL SIN, &c.
CONTAINING Some REMARKS upon two Books,
The Vindication of the Scripture Doctrine of
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The Ruin and Recovery of MANKIND.
In which REMARKS are examined some Sentiments
relating to imputed Guilt, the Calamities and Sinfulness of Mankind, Adam's being a federal Head, the Formation of our Nature, and the Doctrine of Original Righteousness: Whence result several useful Particulars belonging to each.
ΑΛΗΘΕΥΟΝΤΕΣ ΔΕ ΕΝ ΑΓΑΠΗ. Speaking the TRUTH in LOVE. Ephef. iv. 15.
P REF AC E.
PON the Vindicator's re
commending the Book, enU
titled, The Ruin and Recovery of Mankind, as giving the most easy, rational and
fcriptural Account of the Doctrine of Original Sin, I procured it, and upon a Perusal found it contained the Vindicator's Principles, and chief Arguments, and was much better than his adapted to the Design I had formed before I saw it, which was to consider more fully than I had done in my Scripture-Do&trine fome Principles relating to the common Scheme of Original Sin. For as my own Representation of those Principles might have been disputed, I could not do without a Voucher; and he seemed to
me the best I could have : for he
those Principles fully and without Reserve, and gives me all the Advantage I could wish to examine their Truth and Solidity, and to shew how difficult it is for the ablert Pen to write consistently upon them. This is the Use I have made of this Book; but with no Design to disparage, or malign the Author, whoever he be. For the Candour and good Spirit diffused through the whole Book, and his generous Efforts to enlarge our Thoughts upon some Particulars, which I have no Occafion to take notice of, induce me to believe he is no Slave to a Scheme, and that he wrote his Book with as much Integrity as I am con(cicus I have written mine, and with the same good Intention to explain the Truth,
As for the Vindicator, I wish I had no Reason to say, he has done nie much Wrong in several Respects.. He bears too hard (pag. 42, &c.) upon my short Account of the glorious Work of Redemption. It is not the Subject of my Book, I only touch upon it by the bye : tho' I believe what I have faid of it will be found to be Arietly scriptural. God forbid I should misrepresent or lessen the Redeemer, or any part of the Grace of God in him. I truly desire to understand all that is revealed concerning the Redemption in Cbrifl jefus, which is the Joy of my Life,
and the daily Subject of my Thanksgiving to God. However he should not have infinuated, pag. 43. as if I excluded Atonement out of the Scheme of Redemption, when in that Part of my Book, which he is censuring, (pag. 80.) I say expressly, Christ's Worthiness makes ATONEMENT for Sin. And I am perfuaded that it has made Atonement for Sin in the highest and fullest, in the most proper, perfect and extensive Sense of Atonement.
He frequently represents me as attached to a favourite darling Scheme ; as studying to evade the Evidence of Scripture; as put to wretched Shifts to keep the Scriptures from testifying against my Scheme, a Scheme which I am resolved at all Adventures to support, &c. This is a heavy Charge: But how true or false must be referred to a future Decision. The Judge stands at the Door.
In all his Book he very seldom faces my Argument, but plays at a Distance with some Criticism or other, upon which, (whether just or not,) it doth not depend. To give one Instance. Upon i Cor. xv. 21, 22. my Argument is, That we can't from this Place conclude, that any thing came upon us by Adam's Offence besides temporal Death. This he doth not in the least contradict; but amuses the Reader with an Attempt to prove, that the Apostle in those Verses is speaking