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rules used in the schools, and if their writings be brought to the test of those rules, the books of the Old and New Testament will be an in irreconcileable state, and the difficulties against christianity will be incapable of being solv'd.
Any that call themselves christians, fays, (b) Dr. Aulix, Jould take heed how they deny the force and autority of that way of traditional interpretation, which has been anciently received in the jewish church.
That Mr. Whiston's first proposition is sub
verted by his book. M R .W's first proposition, (i) That the
M present text of the Old Testament is, generally speaking, both in the Bistory, the laws, the prophesies, and the divine hymns ; or as to the main tenor and current of the whole, the very same now that it ever has been from the utmost antiquity ; is fubverted by and inconsistent with the whole scheme, and most of the following parts of his book, which chiefly consists in asserting and proving, that the text of the Old Testament is (k) conside
· (h) Allix's Judgment of the Jewisho Church against the Uni. tarians, p. 51.
(i) whifton's Essay, p. 1.
(k) ib. p. 15, 18, 33, 49, 88, 113_ 116, 128, 182, 183, 220, 262, 263; 281 289.
rably and greatly different from what it was in the second century, and not a little corrupted; and that the New and Old Testament are in so irreconcileable a state, by means of disocations in the Old Testament, and of the introduction of such other changes therein, which make the most apparent inconsistencies and contradi&tions between the Old and New Teftament, as to overthrow the proofs of the truth of christianity cited by the apostles from the Old Testament ; which great corruptions are the foundation and reasons of Mr. WHISTON'S Essay towards restoring the true tcxt of the Old Testament.
UJAving made an end of my remarks on 11 Mr. W's Esay, I proceed to give you some account of the gentleman himself; who for some time past has made no small noise, not only in England, but in divers parts of Europe, by his numerous writings.
He is a person of extraordinary natural parts, and of great acquir'd learning, particularly in philosophy and mathematičks ; but, above all, in theology, which he has study'd with the greatest application and integrity in the scriptures, and in the writings of the ancients ; despising the catechisms, confessions, or articles of faith and traditions of all modern churches, and the commentaries on scripture and Systemical books of all modern theologues.
He knows how to make the best of every argument he takes in hand. By his fagacity and quickness, by the compass of his reading, and by his great memory, he omits not
thing, thing, that can be urg'd or wiredrawn to fupport any sentiments he espouses; as is manifest from many of his theological works.
He is an upright and very religious man, and a most “zealous christian : leading a moral life, as is common to most who are styl'd hereticks : cultivating (a) in himself and promoting in others such virtue and learning, as he thinks would conduce most to the bonosir of God, by manifesting the greatness and wisdom of his works: renouncing glory, riches, and ease (which he might have had with the applause of all, and envy of none) and willingly and courage. pully undergoing obloquy, poverty, and persecution (all three wherçof have been his lot, and the two former will be always) for. the fake of a good conscience : deeming prudonce to be the zorldly wisdom condemn'd by Christ and his apostles, and concealInent of religious sentiments to be a great crime ; and unmov'd by the example of feveral (6) learned divines, who, as is well known, have great prudence, and, thro’ fear of the ignorant, the bigots, and the
(a) Hare's Diffi. and Disc. p. 16, &c. *.(b). Erasmi Epiflolæ, p. 501, 507,'583, 672. Sce Cello Whilton's Reflections on a Discourse of, Free thinking, p. 53.
id. Prim. Christ. Vol. 1. Hift. Pref. p. 27.