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THIS third volume of Tracts on the points at issue between the Churches of England and Rome, consists of a selection from the smaller publications which appeared in and about the year 1686, in a controversy which seems to have been conducted on both sides with great ability. Of the writers on the Protestant side, Bishop Burnet a expresses himself in the following manner: "They set themselves to study the points of controversy. And upon that there followed a great variety of small books, that were easily purchased and soon read. They examined all the points of popery with a solidity of judgment, a clearness of arguing, a depth of learning, and a vivacity of writing, far beyond any thing that had before that time appeared in our language." And again, "The persons who both managed and directed this controversial war were chiefly Tillotson, Stillingfleet, Tennison, and Patrick. Next them were Sherlock, Williams, Clagett, Gee, Aldrich, Atterbury, Whitby, Hooper, and above all these Wake, who having been long in France, chaplain to the lord Preston, brought over with him many curious discoveries, that were both useful and surprising."
The Tracts included in this selection are the following:
I. A Discourse on the Opposition of the Doctrine, Worship, and Practice of the Roman Church, to the Nature, Designs, and Characters of the Christian Faith: by Gilbert Burnet, D. D. Bishop of Salisbury
a Own Times, vol. 3. p. 104. ed. Ox. 1833.