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PREFACE

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THE ELEVENTH EDITION.

The eminent Bishop to whom I dedicated the first ten Editions of this book, and in whose Diocese I was working when I began to write it, has lately passed away from his earthly labours into the world of spirits.

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It may need some apology that in an age of unparalleled change in opinion, I should send out another Edition, almost unaltered in language and thought from the first edition, now a quarter of a century old. I have made no change of importance, for two reasons. (1) The book has been accepted and used by almost all the Anglican Bishops, colleges, and universities, in Great Britain, Ireland, the Colonies, and America. I should hardly feel justified in modifying to any serious extent arguments and opinions, which others have thus made

(2) But, moreover, notwithstanding the constant controversies in which we have been involved, my own views remain unchanged. I do not mean, that I never think, and that no new thoughts ever present theinselves. But I have seen no reason to depart from the ancient, scriptural, Catholic faith of the English

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Church. I have seen no ground for accepting mediaval accretions, nor for doubting the soundness of primitive belief. From every quarter of the sky storms have beaten on the Church; and their fury has only proved that she is founded on a Rock.

Farnham Castle,

January 25, 1878.

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