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That the Books of the New Testament were written by
thofe Perfons whofe Names they bear. Page 10
That our Savior and his Apostles were Teachers fent
from, and infpir'd by, Almighty God.
Of the Scriptures of the Old Testament.
Of the Canon and Integrity of the Scriptures.
Of the Objections of the Deifts.
Secondly, With respect to the Hypothefis of the Jews.
That our Saviour and his Apostles were Teachers fent
from, and infpir'd by, Almighty God. ibid.
That our Saviour is the Meffiah promised in the Old
Thirdly, With respect to the Hypothefis of the Ma-
Fourthly, With respect to the Hypothefis of the Pa-
Of Chrift's Satisfaction for Sin, Original and Actual.16
Of Chrift's Afcenfion, Sitting at the right Hand of
God, and his Coming to Judgment.
Of our own Refurrection, and the Eternity of Rewards
Of Predeftination, Free Will, Grace, univerfal Re-
Of the Nature, Unity and Communion of the Catholic
Of the Form of Church Goverment.
the Quaker Controverfies.
the Controverfy with the Anabaptifts about Infant
Of the Controverfy with the Saturday Sabbatarians
Of the Controverfies with other Diffenters.
Secondly, About Ministerial Conformity.
Of Cafuiftical and Practical Writers.
The Ufe of Turretin's and Limborch's Systems.
A Collection of fuch Scriptures, as ought to be seriously
and frequently confidered by all thofe, who either de-
fign for boly Orders, or are actually Ordained. 27
Directions for Studying the Thirty nine Articles of Re-
D. Hieronymi Epiftola ad Nepotianum.
A Catalogue of the Books referred to in the foregoing
INTENDED to have given you this Trouble much fooner; but my late Rambles, my Bufiness, and diverse Accidents (not to mention that Indifpofition of Body which I have labor'd under) have hindred me. And therefore I must in the beginning of it beg Pardon for the Delay, as perhaps I fhall have reafon before the Conclufion of it, for the Length of my Letter
of this Let
I fhall not waft either Time or Paper in Apologies. No Man knows better than my felf, that there are numberless Perfons, whofe Age and Experience have rendred them abundantly more able to direct you, than I can pretend to be; and perhaps, after the perufal of what follows, you'll be forc'd to feek a more skilful Guide, and receive better Advice from another Hand. But, fince you were pleas'd to create me an Opportunity of difcourfing with you upon that Head; and fince the hurry I was then in, drew upon me this Imployment: I hope, you'll accept and excufe what I now offer to you, as a Proof (tho' of my own Infufficiency, yet) of a moft unfeigned and hearty AffeЄtion for you.
What you expect, Sir, is, thatIfhould lay before you fuch a Method of beginning the Study of Divinity, as I would recommend to a Perfon who defigns for Holy Orders. This therefore I fhall endevor to do. And First, I must intreat you to read Books relating fome of those Treatifes, which will into the Duty of ftruct the Clergy. you in the Duty of the Clergy; fuch as St. Chryfoftom of the Priesthood, St. Gregory Nazianzen's Apologetical Oration, St. Jerom to Nepotianus, the Paftoral of Gregory the Great, Bishop Burnet's Paftoral Care, Mr. Herbert's Country Parfon, Mr. Dodwell's firft Letter of Advice, and the like. I prefume, 'twill be no difficult Matter for you to procure the Ufe of all thefe Books; and 'tis hardly poffible for you to perufe too many of them. However, let me perfuade you not to omit the reading of St. Chryfoftom's and Bifhop Burnet's Pieces, and our Church's Offices of Ordination, especially the Exhortation to those who are to be ordain'd Priests. But above all, let me prevail upon you seriously to confider that Collection of Scriptures,