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the Publication till now ; if perchance fome few may even now be at leisure to per use them.
I need not acquaint the Reader, that in the whole Controversy concerning the Everblessed Trinity, the principal Point, and that which has been the most largely and warmly debated, is the Divinity of the Son or Second Perfor. Upon this therefore I have Spent the greater Part of my Discourse, wherein I have carefully answered all Obječtions, and particularly the Learned will be perhaps
, not displeased with the Pains I have taken in establishing, what our Greatest Divines do generally either suppose or affert, tho they have been over svaring in the Proof of it; I mean the Quiescence of the WORD during our Savior's Ministry.
Of what Consequence this Notion is, 'tis impobssile for the most negligent not to perceive. It enables us clearly to account for our Savior's not knowing the Day of Judgment, which has hitherto been esteemed the great Difficulty : and it gives such a Turn to the whole Dispute, that I can't but wonder, how those Divines, who have been necessitated to shelter themselves under it, and have therefore so frequently Juggested and proposed it ; should not discern, or at least so imperfectly display, that Evidence of it, which the Holy Scriptures afford us. I dare affirm, that whosoever impartialy considers what I have offered (and truly I thought my self obliged to enlarge pretty freely on a Matter of such Importance, especially when it has been too much negle&ted by others) will readily embrace a Truth, which is lo
manifestly useful in the Demonftration of our bleffed Lord's Divinity.
There is one thing, which (in the Opinion of some Persons) may possibly need an Apology. I have taken the Liberty of maintaining the Preexistence of our Savior's Human Soul; not because I am in the least inclined to favor the Preexistence of other Souls; but because the Holy Scriptures, I humbly conceive, do warrant that Position. I promise my self, that the Reader will candidly weigh what I have advanced concerning that Tenet. I assure him, I have no particular Fondness for it, notwithstanding it has been, and still is, maintained by Great Divines, I can't but think it the most rational Way of interpreting diverse Texts of Scripturé : but if any one will Jew me, how to interpret those Texts without Admitting that Doctrine, I shall readily become his Convert. This I am sure of, the Confubftantial Divinity of our Lord is so plainly taught in Scripture, ihat I would admit any Hypothesis, provided it were barely possible, rather than deny it : and if those Texts can be explained so, as not to injure that great Truth; the Author of fucb Ex lica.ion shall find me, not his adversary, but truly thankful, for imparting fr.ch valuable secrets to me.
As I have been follicitous to obviste all Objections ; so have I been designedly brief in the positive Part: concerning which, as I am perfuaded I have said enough ; fo I was unwilling to say more than was indispensably necessary. 'Twill not be expected there.
fore, that I should be ap up all those Arguments, which have been urged by former Writers ; or that
1. fhould insist upon all those Texts, wherein the Same Doctrin is contained.
This Method I have purposely chosen, that I might not expose the Doctor and my self to infinit Wranglings, which do rather obscure, than confirm, the most important Truths, with respect to the Generality of People; who are rather confounded, than instructed, by a Multiplicity of Reasonings, guarded gainst numberless Exceptions, thro' the whole Course of which 'tis difficult for those who have not very strong Heads, to see every Consequence clearly, and upon the Whole to form an exact Judgment.
I have therefore proceeded in such a Manner, and selected such Topics, as will (1 hope, thro' God's Allistance) not perplex the meaneft, but yet convince, the best Vndersi andings ; such as will not embarrass - , yet satisfy every Reader.
Briefly, if those Arguments which I have pitched upon, be conclusive ; the Cause will not suffer for want of others to accompany them : and if those Arguments are not conclusive, I must for my self confess, that I know of none which have more Force in them.
Octob. 23. 1717.
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