A Vindication of the Government, Doctrine, and Worship, of the Church of England, Established in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth: Against the Injurious Reflections of Mr. Neale, in His Late History of the Puritans, Together with a Detection of Many False Quo

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Tifm, and praétical Religion; When nniteel Attempts have got the better of the Infidelity ana' Immorality of the Age (which certainly demand the firfl Regard) it will then be time enough for fellow-chrifiians and fellow-pro tefiants to difpute Matters of fo little Confequence as an Organ or a Surplice, a fquare Cap, or a Gold Ring. It may even then be too foon to engage the Minds of People upon Subjeéts of fo little Moment; but, ' at prefent, 'tis, upon many Accounts, greatly unfeafon able and improper. Contentions of this Sort, among many other Evils, are apt to produce a Coldnefs and Difregard for the neceffary Duties of Piety and Virtue. Men of all Perfuafions are too prone to fall into this Miftake, and fub fiitute a tlzfibroportion'tl Zeal again/i, as well as for, the external and difputed Parts of Religion, in the Place of true Devotion and real Goodnefs. When the Mind is thus warmly engaged in fuch Difputes, either on one Side or the other, it generally becomes too carelefs of more weighty Matters. Nor is this Effeét at all unnatural. One of the common Arts in this religious Con.

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