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Allix's Reflections on the Books of the Holy

Bp. Blomfield's Dissertation on the Traditional
Knowledge of a Redeemer.


For the state of Religious Opinions among the Jews, and their Expectations.

First carefully peruse it in the same manner as the Old, marking the divisions of time, and attending to some leading points.

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4. After this careful perusal of the Sacred Volume, it may now be proper to obtain a connected view of the DOCTRINES of Christianity: for which purpose,

Scott's Christian Life.

Clarke's Sermons.

Archbishop Tillotson's Sermons.

The study of the early Ecclesiastical History may now be
undertaken; having first made ourselves acquainted with the
Platonic and Gnostic Philosophy, in order to trace out the
influence which they had in the first corruptions of Chris-
tianity. In the course of our reading the history of the first
ages, to attend particularly to the four following points :-

1. The Corruptions which were gradually introduced.
2. The Interpretation of Scripture which first obtained.

3. The Evidences of the Authenticity of Holy Scripture, which
incidentally appear.

4. The Propagation of Christianity.

The History of the Roman Emperors should, however, first be known, in order to form an accurate idea of the connexion of Sacred and Profane History during the early ages.

Dion. Cassius,


or, Crevier's Histoire des Empereurs Romains jusqu'à Constantin.

Josephus's History of the Jewish War.

Then, for Church History,

EUSEBIUS.. who wrote from the time of Christ to his own: born
A. D. 270, in Palestine; died A. D. 340. For the last
twenty-five years of his life Bishop of Cæsarea.
SOCRATES.. born A. D. 380; educated at Constantinople; wrote
from the time of Constantine to A. D. 439.

THEODORET. A. D. 324 to 429.
SOZOMEN... contemporary with Socrates.

de Rebus Christianorum ante Constantinum Magnum
(for a knowledge of the connexion of Christianity
with heathen Philosophy).-(N. B. To guard against
his opinions of Ecclesiastical Polity.)

For Cautions in the reading of the early Christian writers:
Dallæus de Usu Patrum; also

Bentley on Phalaris contains a complete account of Sacred Forgeries.

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Locke's Essay on the Human Understanding, book iv. ch. 10.

Paley's Natural Theology.

Derham's Physico-Theology.

Wollaston's Religion of Nature.

Bishop Warburton's Divine Legation of Moses, against the Argument about the Jewish Laws.

Fabricii Delectus Argumentorum.

Buddeus, Theses Theologica de Atheismo et Superstitione.

[For the principal Atheistical Arguments.]

Zimmermann, de Atheismo.

Cudworth's True Intellectual System of the Universe.

Conclusion of Newton's Principia.

Kortholt de Tribus Impostoribus Liber.

[Herbert. Hobbes. Spinosa.]

Abp. King de Origine Mali.

Stillingfleet's Origines Sacræ.

Bennet's Philosophical and Literary Inquiries concerning Christianity.

[Hobbes and Priestley, the principal Materialists.]


First Deistical

} The Mysteries of Religion.


Second Objection.


Bishop Butler's Analogy of Religion.
Bishop Stillingfleet's Mysteries of the Christian

That Human Reason is sufficient to discover the
Relation and duty of Man to God.

To show how much unassisted human reason has
been, and is able to attain, from Plato, Cicero,
and Epictetus, and the barbarous nations of mo-
dern times:-

Leland's Advantage and Necessity of the Christian Revelation.

Ireland's Paganism and Christianity Compared.

Third Objection . Against the notion, that the Established Order,

Harmony, and Regularity of the Natural World have been, at any time, interrupted by Miracles.

Answers. Skelton's Deism Revealed.

Fourth Objection.


Bishop Berkeley's Alciphron.

Hume's. To the Testimony for Miracles.
Bishop Douglas's Criterion.

Campbell's Dissertation on Miracles.

Leland's View of the Principal Deistical Writers.

Fifth Objection,.. To the Quantity and Sufficiency of Moral Evi



The nature of this kind of evidence may be learned from Aristotle, Ethics, lib. v.

The Objection to be answered from a study of the

Jenkins's Reasonableness and Certainty of the
Christian Religion.

1. External.

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Division of the Prophetical Books.

1. Historical.-To be read in order with the other Histories of the Old Testament.

1. Purity of the Morality.

2. Knowledge of Human Nature.

3. Agreement with the Conclusions of enlightened Reason.

Chalmers's Evidence and Authority of the Christian Revelation.
Abbadie, Traité de la Vérité de la Religion Chrétienne.

Grotius de Veritate Christianæ Religionis.

2. Moral.


Relating to the Messiah.-Those prophecies to be first studied which are quoted in the New Testament.

4. Relating to Nations.

In Confu-

Prideaux's Old and New Testament connected. Bishop Chandler's Defence of Christianity from the Prophecies.

2. Internal.

Paley's Evidences of Christianity.

Houteville, La Vérité de la Religion Chrétienne, prouvée par les Faits.
Maclaine's Series of Letters to Soame Jenyns.


1. With the Arians, disciples of Arius of Alexandria, in the fourth century,
who taught that the Son was only the first of Created Beings.
2. With the Semi-Arians, believers in the Miraculous Conception, but not
in the previous existence.

3. With the Socinians, from Faustus Socinus, born

in Tuscany, A.D. 1539.

4. With the Unitarians.

For the Socinian Creed The Racovian Catechism, published at Racovia, 1604.



Simple Humanitarians.

Middleton's Doctrine of the Greek Article.
Smith's Scripture Testimony to the Messiah.
Archbishop Magee's Discourses, &c. on the Atonement.
Hales's Dissertations on the Principal Prophecies
respecting Christ.

Bishop Pearson's Exposition of the Creed.


1. That those parts of the New Testament, which speak of Atonement, should be interpreted metaphorically.

Dr. Pye Smith's Scripture Testimony to the Messiah.

2. Fallibility of the Writers.

Bishop Van Mildert's 23d Boyle Lecture.

Horbery's Sermons on the Inspiration of the Moral Parts of Scripture.
Dick's Essay on the Inspiration of the Old and New Testaments.
Bishop Warburton's Doctrine of Grace.

3. Against the Authenticity of the Epistle to the Hebrews.

Horne's Introduction to the Critical Study of the Holy Scriptures,
Vol. IV.

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4. Against the Authenticity of the First Chapters of St. Matthew and St. Luke.

Laurence's Critical Reflections on the Unitarian Version.

Bishop Horsley.-A Sermon, in the third Volume of his Posthumous

Valckenæri Selecta è Scholiis in quosdam libros Novi Testamenti.
Nares's Remarks on the Unitarian Version of the New Testament.

5. Against the Eternity of Punishment.

Schleusner, on the uses of AION in his Lexicon.
Horbery's Treatise on the Eternity of Hell Torments.
Dodwell's Eternity of Hell Torments.

6. Of the Power of Repentance for the Expiation of Sin.
Bishop Butler's Argument from Analogy.
Clarke on the Attributes.
Archbishop Magee on the Atonement.



For the Universality of Sacrifice, &c.

7. Against the Antiquity of the Trinitarian Scheme.

Burgh's Inquiry into the Belief of Christians of the three first centuries.
Bishop Horsley's Charge to the Clergy of the Archdeaconry of St.

Letters to Priestley, and Tracts in Controversy with


Bishop Stillingfleet's Doctrine of the Trinity and Transubstantiation

Bishop Gastrell's Considerations on the Trinity.
Burton's Testimonies of the Ante-Nicene Fathers.
Bishop Pearson's Exposition of the Creed.

Events from Constantine to the Reformation.

Rise, Progress, and Establishment of the Popish Power.

From the Connexion of the Bishop of Rome with the Capital
of the Empire.

[At the Council of Constantinople, A.D. 381, the Bishop of Constantinople declared next in dignity to the Roman Prelate; Seventy years afterwards made equal with him.]


Under Gregory VII. [Hildebrand] contemporary with William the Conqueror.

1. Right of Investiture.

2. Deposition of Princes.

3. Celibacy of the Clergy.

4. Homage and Fealty to be rendered to himself, which had hitherto been thought due to the respective Princes.

Under Innocent III. contemporary with King John.

1. Gratiæ Expectativæ ... Reservations.

2. Disposal of Benefices during the eight Papal months.
3. Concurrent Jurisdiction.

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