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Authors for. Some of them are of small, or no Concern ; such as serve only to amuse a Student, or beger in him a Disposition to wrangle about such Points as may without any Danger be determin's either way. Others are of greater Moment, and may deserve your serious Thoughts. Now what is most necessary and substantial, you'll find in those Books or Parts of Books, which I have referr'd you to ; and Turretin and Limborch will furnish you upon such Heads, as I have pass'd over in Silence. When your Inclination leads you to the Consideration of them, you may at a leisure Hour run over the several Contents, and the Lemmat a in their Margins, and read what your Curiosity faftens on. Turretin is a Calvinist, and Limborch an Arminian; and their Schemes of Divinity are drawn according to their respective Principles. Wherefore you must be cautious in reading them. Those other Books which I have recommended to you, will prevent your being misled into the principal Errors of these two Authors: and besides, two such opposite Writers necessarily muft, and frequently do, correct each other. However, be persuaded to examin their Opinions well, before you imbrace them; and advise with a judicious Friend, when you are doubtful, or any thing surprizes you.
When you have gone thro' the MeAfarther Progrefs propos'd.
thod propos'd for studying the Body of
Divinity, 'twill be convenient for you to examin the Articles and Homilies of our Church. The principal Points contain'd in them you'll have consider'd by studying the Body of Divinity ; but fome few remain to be search'd into afterwards. I think you ought to go thro’’em before you are Ordain'd; because you must then subscribe them.
After your Ordination (or before it, if you have Time) you may build upon that Foundation, which I have been directing you how to lay, 1. By acquiring what we call the knowledge of Books, as far as relates to Theological Studies. 2. By a thorough Study of the Scriptures, and descending from them to the Ecclesiastical Wri-. ters, especially those of the firft Centuries.
I intreat you to accept my poor Endevors to serve you, and to excuse the Length, and other Imperfections of this Letter.
I heartily pray God to bless your Studies, and am,
Tour Sincere Friend,
A COLА Jeremiah 1. 7, 8. But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child : for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.
As ought to be Seriously and frequently Considered
by all those, who either Design for Holy Orders, or are actually Ordained.
ISAIAH 56. 10, 11, 12.
IS Watchmen are blind : they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, lo
ving to flumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain from his quarter.
Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will hill our selves with strong drink,and to morrow fall be as this day, and much more abundant.
Be not afraid of their Faces : for I am with thee to deliver thee, faith the Lord.
Jeremiah 2. 8. The priests said not, Where is the Lord ? and they that handle the law, knew me not : the paftours also transgressed against me, and the prophers prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.
Feremiah 5. 30, 31: A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land.
The prophets prophesie falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means, and my people love to have it so : and what will ye do in the end thereof?
Jeremiah 6. 13, 14, 15: For from the least of them, even unto the greatest of them, every one is given to coverousness; and from the prophet even unto the prieft, every one dealeth falsely.
They have healed also the hurt of the Daughter of my People slightly, saying, Peace, peace, when there is no peace.
Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination ? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush : therefore they shall fall among them that fall : at the time that I visit them, they shall be cast down, faith the Lord.
Jeremiab 10. 21. For the pastours are become brutish, and have not fought the Lord : therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.