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. AND THE
of the Unitarians, or Socinians, and
By WILLIAM SHERLOCK D. D.
Episc. Lond. à Sacris.
ftan's Church in Fleet-street. I 69 0.
T Will make no Apology for publishing this Vindi
cation of the Great and Fundamental Mysteries . of our Religion , for if ever it were neceffary, it
is now, when Atheists and Hereticks, fome openly, ñ fome under a disguife, conspire together to ridicule the Trinity, and the Incarnation.
I confeß, the Book is too big, could I have made it a teß, as at first I intended; but when I was once enga
ged, I saw a necesity of going farther; and I hope no
man will have reason to complain, that I have said too O much, but those, who will find a great deal too much said, for them to answer.
My Original Dehgn was to vindicate the Doctrines Ar. Se he pia of the Trinity and Incarnation, from those pretended Absurdities and Contradictions which were so confidently charged on them : and this I'm sure I have done ; for Í have given a very easie and intelligible Notion of a Trinity in Unity, and if it be possible to explain this Doctrine intelligibly, the charge of Contradictions vanishes; and whether men will believe this Account or not, they can't deny, but that it is very possible and intelligible, and if we could go no farther, that is enough in Matters of Revelation. But I hope, I have done a great deal more than this,
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and proved, That it is the true Scripture Account of it, and agreeable to the Doctrine of the Ancient Fathers ; and have vindicated the Scripture Proofs of a Trinity and Incarnation from the pitiful Sophistries of the late Socinian Historian.
I bave not indeed answered particularly the whole Book in Order and Method, as it lies, which was too tedious a Work, and not necessary; but I have confider. ed whatever was most material in it, and have avoided nothing, because it was hard to Answer, but because it needed no Anfwer, as I am ready to satisfie the World, whenever a just Occahon calls for it : for having dipt.
my Pen in the Vindication of so glorious a Cause, by the Anghhe.p 362
Grace of God, I will never defert it, while I can hold á Pen in my Hand. .
I must thankfully own, that the writing of this Book has given me clearer and more distinct Notions of this Great Mystery, then I had before, which is the Reasons why the Reader will find some things explained towards the end, which I spoke doubtfully of at first, as particularly the difference between ibe Eternal Generation of
the Son, and the Procession of the Holy Ghost, and I ..... hope this is a pardonable Fault. ::
The writing this Book has cost me many Thoughts and those who have a mind throughly to understand it must not think much if it cost them fome, and if they cannot be contented to bestow some serious. Thoughts on it, it will be lost labour to read it. I pray God give succeß to it, and open the Eyes of those Men, before it bé. too late, who are so industrious to write or disperse fuch. Brief Notes and Brief Histories, as are valuable for nothing but Blasphemy and Nansenfe ; for I will be bold to Jay,That
Socinianísın (after all its pretences to Reafon) is one of Teith p. 303.
the most stupid fenfleß Heresies, that ever iniested the Christian Church.
Many Contradictions pretended, wbere there are none; as in the No.
'tion of a Spirit, and of God.
our imperfe&t Conception of things.
calty of conceiving ito !! !