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A compressed View of the Religious Principles and Prac-
THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD,
IN THE YEAR MDCCCXIX,
THE LATE REV. JOHN BAMPTON, M. A.
CANON OF SALISBURY.
HECTOR DAVIES MORGAN, M. A.
OF TRINITY COLLEGE; MINISTER OF CASTLE HEDINGHAM,
AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS FOR THE AUTHOR.
SOLD BY J. PARKER, OXFORD; AND MESSRS. RIVINGTON, ST.
shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord
Inferences from the varieties of opinion concerning
the person of Christ, and from the language applied to
him by the Apostles and Evangelists.-Doctrines of the
Unitarians, as explained by Belsham, Estlin, Carpenter,
and the Editors of the "Improved Version," compared
with the Scriptures. 1. The Unity of God. 2. The
Person of Christ; the Incarnation and miraculous con-
ception. 3. The Office of Christ. 4. The Atonement.
5. The Intercession of Christ. 6. The nature and of-
fice of the Holy Spirit. 7. Original Sin. 8. Inspira-
"The greatest obligation which can possibly be conferred
66 upon them is... the exhibition' of their principles in their
every thing. If the Unitarian doctrine, cleared from all
"fallacy, and exhibited to the world in its true light, will
"not stand its ground; if it will not, like the Gospel, make
"its way, and triumph over all opposition by its own in-
"vincible energy, it must be given up. If when weighed in
"the balances it shall be found wanting, let it be rejected
"as worthless dross." Belsham's Letter to the Bishop of
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all
the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you
overseers, to feed the Church of God, which he hath
purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that
after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among
you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves
shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away
Expedience of a right interpretation of the Scrip-
tures, and the offence of perverting them.-Calvinistic
doctrines, as explained by Williams, Scott, Vaughan,
and Simeon, compared with the Scriptures. I. Origi-
nal Sin. II. Free Will. III. Grace. 1. What Cal-
vinists do not hold concerning grace. 2. Grace a living
principle, of indispensable necessity, conferred by an
act of sovereignty. 3. Special grace.
5. Regeneration. 6. Indefectible grace and final per-
severance. 7. Grace, in what sense irresistible. 8. Grace
how sensible. Experiences. IV. Justification by grace.
1. Justification a sovereign act of God. 2. Justification
by faith without works. 3. The faith which justifies.
4. Primary and final justification. V. General and par-
ticular redemption. 1. Dr. Williams's view of Predes-
tination without Reprobation. 2. Mr. Vaughan's De-
fence and Maintenance of the Doctrine of Reprobation.
-Texts opposed to Calvinistic doctrines.-Important
concessions of Calvinists. Note on their practical
"We require nothing of our opponents beyond a fair
"called the Calvinists,' making them all accountable for
"the faults of some individuals, and to class among them all
"the evangelical Clergy and their congregations. But, I
"retract :—it is not so much in many instances the want of
"candour and equity, as the want of information." Scott's
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times
some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing
spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypo-
crisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from
meats, which God hath created to be received with
thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
Corruption of the spirituality of the Christian religion
foretold. Doctrines of the Romanists explained by De-
lahogue, Berington, Gandolphy, and Eustace, compared
with the Scriptures. 1. The authority of the Scriptures
and of tradition. 2. The infallibility of the Church.
3. Privileges of the Church of Rome. 4. Titles and
powers of the Pope. 5. Celibacy of the Priesthood.
6. The seven Sacraments. 7. Transubstantiation, Com-
munion in one kind, and the Sacrifice of the Mass.
8. The Sacrament of Penance, Contrition, Confession,
and Satisfaction. 9. Indulgences. 10. Purgatory, and
prayers for the Dead. 11. Invocation of Saints. 12.
Relics, &c. 13. Pomp of Service. 14. Authority of
the Pope in secular affairs. 15. Mr. Eustace's view of
"I state in distinct propositions the articles of belief as
"briefly, but as comprehensively as may be: and these pro-
Roman Catholic Principles,' published anonymously to-
"wards the close of the reign of Charles II. This I did,
"because those principles, a few clauses excepted, are drawn
"up with great precision; and because, in stating points of
"religious belief, I feel a predilection for whatever bears the
stamp of age. Antiquity is the badge of our faith. In any
"other view, as the Catholic creed in all its articles is clearly
“ defined, and is as unchangeable as it has been unchanged,
" it mattered not whence the propositions were taken." Bè-
For there must be also heresies among you, that they which
are approved may be made manifest among you.
The violation of Christian unity foretold.-The prin-
ciples of Nonconformists, as explained by Winter, Con-
der, Bass, Fielding, and in the "Life of a Dissenting
"Minister," compared with the Scriptures. 1. The
right of private judgment and unlimited inquiry in reli-
gion. 2. National establishments for religion. 3. The