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UPON

THE FOUR GOSPELS;

SHEWING THEIR DEFECTS,

AND HOW FAR THOSE DEFECTS, TOGETHER WITH
THE WRITINGS OF ST. PAUL, HAVE MISLED THE
COMPILERS OF OUR CHURCH SERVICES, &c,

THEREBY

EVINCING THE NECESSITY OF REVISING THE
WHOLE BY AUTHORITY.

BY A FRIEND TO TRUTH.

WHEREVER THE RELIGION OE AKY STATE PALLS IN
DISREGARD AND CONTEMPT, IT IS IMPOSSIBL
THAT STATE TO CONTINUE LONG."

TO
E FOR

MACHIAVEL.

GENEVA:

PRINTED FOR j, B, IfcETELLIER;

I* MAT ALSO, .. HAD OE THE BOOKSELLERS IN BERN,
LY0N*> AMSTERDAM, AND LONDON,

WOCCLXXXIX,

[Price Twenty-eight Florins, or Half-a-Gwea English.]

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PREFACE.

lH E Author of these sheets had, like many pthers, lived near fifty yeiars in the world without examining the religion he professed. He perfectly understood (though perhaps he imperfectly practised) his duty both to God and his neighbour: and this knowledge he thought sufficient for the government of his moral conduct through life; near thirty years of which were so totally employed in an extensive line of business, that he had no time for an examination of the Scriptures in compliance with St. Paul's direction, arid, in course, could give no satisfactory account of the faith that was in him; or rather of the Protestant Faith which he publickly pToteffedy'because educated therein. In the prayers and ceremonies of the 'church, he is sorry to fay, his voice was not in all things accompanied by his understanding, or, which is worse, his approbation; and he could not avoid condemning himself for a duplicity, senseless if not criminal. He however carefully avoided a participation in the Athanasian' Greed, the Commination, and Communion services; nor couid worldly considerations, aided by the example of his friends, tempt him to the latter. Retirement from the busy scenes of life determined and enabled him to investigate this interesting, necessary, and important business which had long dwelt on his mind. Original sin, redemption, regeneration, predestination,

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