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* method to be the only proper one, 44 for the advantage of their cause,, i4 which had been the enemy and 44 destroyer of it: then, it was the "autority of christians, which, by 44 degrees, not only laid waste the 44 honor of Christianity, but well 4,4 nigh extinguifh'd it from amongst M men. It was autortty, which 44 brought in all that merciless heap * of useless and burthenfome foppea ries; prayers in an unknown 44 tongue; prayers to multitudes of w beings j and the whole load of 44 absurdities and depravations of the w religion, under which the christi14 an people were in captivity, till "they became gross and weighty 44 enough at last, to break the props <4 that supported them. It was auto"rity, which would have prevented 44 all reformation, where it is; and 44 which has put a barrier against it, 44 where-ever it is not. It was ku"man autority in religion, which a•* lone set up itself against the begin
"nings "stings of this Church of England "ittelf: and which alone now con"tests with it the foundation upon "which it stands. This autority "was at first exercis'd in little by "who were so lar from pie
"tending, to such enormities, as it *c afterwards arriv'd at, that they "would have detested and abhorr a she thought of them., And io it "will he,. Tor ever, and every where. tc The calling in the. A$stance of "mere automty, evenagainst errors, "ou trifles in. religious, matters^ at "first,, will by insensible degrees come "to. the ver;y fame istiie, that it has "been evec hitherto, seen to end in. "And how, indeed, can it be ex'* pected, that the fame thing, which tc has in all ages, and in all coun"tries, been hurtful to truth and "true religion, among men, should "in any age, or in any country, be"come a triend and guardian of "them; unless it can be shewn that "the nature of mere autority, or the
■ nature of rrtan, oiloth, are intire* "ly altered from what they have: ct hitherto been. For it is not in '* religion, as it is in the civil conM cerns of human life. The end of "human society is anfwer'd by out<e ward behaviour, and actions; which "therefore, ought to be restrain'd — "and govern1 d by civil autority. But 11 the end of religion, and of the chri"religion, in particular, is "ftrojh just in proportion to the "influence of great names', and to "the effect of worldly motives, and "mere autority of men, separated "from the arguments of reason, and "the motives and maxims of the "itself."
VI. That is those "Proofs are valid, ChrU sianity is invincibly efablijh'd on its
% true foundation id.
VII. That if those Proofs are invalid, then is Christianity false 31
VIII. That those Proofs are Typical or Allegorical Proofs"j • 39
IX. jyfti nature of Typical or Allegorical Proofs, and Reasoning. 50
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X. The nature of Allegorical Reasoning further Jhewn by application of it to several particular instances cited from the Old
? and urg'd in the New Testament 61
An Answer to an Objectionj thatthe r :Allegorical Reasonings of the Apostles
were not design'd for absolute proofs of . Christianity; but for proofs Ad Homin £m^ 'to the Jews., who • were accustomed to
that >yay of reasoning • ': • 79