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CHRISTIAN FAITH AND PRACTICE,
This work has far exceeded the original design. The writer had long been of opinion that the denomination to which he has the honour and the privilege of being united had not, in any easily attainable form, an epitome, or distinct statement, of the principles, doctrines, and practice of that section of professing Christians known as BAPTISTS; he, therefore, reprinted, with some prefatory remarks, The Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689, which was appended to the January number of the Baptist Magazine for 1851.
The numerous expressions of pleasure and approbation offered to the writer, by both ministers and members of the Baptist churches, on the appearance of the interesting document referred to, gave ample assurance that its publication was generally acceptable. It was, however, proposed to publish a further edition of “The Confession," in a separate form, with the proof texts at length, to afford facility for reference; and, also, to give a brief sketch of the progress of Baptistical sentiment, as introductory to that confession.
In proceeding with this work, however, the writer found that his subject widened upon his hands : he felt that not only much could be said about the Baptists, but that much could also be said for them.
It will be observed-in the introductory remarks, and the historical incidents referred to from the primitive times-