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DIS SER T A TION

S C R IPTU R A L A U THORITY,

NATURE, AND USES,

OF

INFANT BAPTISM.

By RALPH WARDLAW, D. D.

jírst 3 merican 32bition.

B O S T O N :
PUBLISHED BY PEIRCE AND PARKER,
No. 9 Cornhill.
New York : – H. C. SLEIGHT.
Clinton Hall.
1S32.

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So long ago as the year 1807, I published “Three Lectures on Romans iv. 9–25. designed chiefly to illustrate the nature of the Abrahamic Covenant, and its connection with Infant Baptism , with an Appendix, on the Mode of Baptism.”—It was my first publication ; and, after the lapse of seventeen years, I have seen very little reason to alter or to modify the general principles of that work.—A Review of it appeared, in the end of the same year, from the pen of the late Mr. Archibald Maclean of Edinburgh, a man held in just estimation, not by his own party only, but by all who knew him, for natural acuteness of intellect, close application to the study of the scriptures, and general consistency of character. I was satisfied that my main positions were unshaken by the objections of counter-reasonings of the reviewer; and the chief consideration that prevented me from then replying was, the time that it would necessarily occupy, which, I thought, might, on the whole, be more profitably employed. I am not now sure, whether this was a correct judgment.

A desire has repeatedly been expressed to me for the republication of these lectures. I could not, however, think of publishing them again in the same form. The great business of an expositor, I am fully aware, ought to be, to give a clear view of the scope, or main design, of the writer whom he expounds, and to show how his reasonings establish, and his illustrations elucidate, the point of which he treats. All matter that is not immediately

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