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of no higher an original than the Papal chair, when even the very word consubstantial was not borrowed from thence, is to betray the weakness of his own cause, and offer an affront to the common sense of every Protestant Christian.

Another method he takes of blending this doctrine and Popery together, is by observing, that " when " the Protestants argue against the doctrine of transubstantiation, the Papists never fail objecting the “ equal incredibility of a consubstantial Trinity*." This is very true: but a Protestant is not bound to answer for the indiscretion of a Papist, in putting the doctrine of a consubstantial Trinity upon a level with a transubstantiation of the sacramental elements: and a parallel between these two doctrines cannot possibly turn out to the disadvantage of the former, since the one is subjected to the scrutiny of our senses, and contradicts them; the other is above our senses, and does not contradict our reason. If indeed he rejects the mystery of a Trinity in Unity, because he is pleased to think it incredible, the argument drawn from hence carries with it no more weight than that of a bad example; the ill effect of which is always rendered as extensive as possible by others of the same persuasion; who take infinite pains by the means of News Papers and Reviews, to deceive the ignorant, and make the Coffee-houses ring with the praises of such reformed Theology as that of this Essay, and other weaker writings upon the same subject; that we may become ripe for reformation, that is, ready to abjure the primitive faith, and to receive in its stead either the scepticism of Boyle, or the enthusiastic philosophy of Socinus. The christian reader, I trust, will not take me for his enemy, if I give him warning not to be imposed upon by such reports, but to prove all things, and hold fast that which is good. The question is not, whether a Trinity was believed by Hoadley, Clarke, or Clayton ; but whether it is revealed in the Holy Scripture, not a syllable of which will be invalidated by the disbelief of the whole world. For every controversy concerning the mysteries of our religion will have a second and a more solemn hearing; when God who gave the Word shall come to make inquisition how it hath been received and followed. Our Arians, therefore, will do well to consider, not how they may put a face upon their cause in the sight of men, by misrepresenting the Scripture, depreciating the primitive Fathers and Martyrs, applauding to the skies every

* Numb, vi. 24.

deistical scribbler, scoffing at uniformity, railing at orthodoxy, and publishing all manner of scandal against the Church, and the friends of it; but how all their pretended reformations will appear

in the sight of God; before whom they must either maintain them as they do now, or take the consequences; for it will be too late to retract!

END OF VOL. 1.

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