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A compressed View of the Religious Principles and Prac-
tices of the Age; or, a Trial of the Chief Spirits
that are in the World, by the Standard of

the Scriptures; attempted

IN

EIGHT SERMONS

PREACHED BEFORE

THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD,

IN THE YEAR MDCCCXIX,

AT THE

LECTURE

FOUNDED BY

THE LATE REV. JOHN BAMPTON, M. A.

CANON OF SALISBURY.

BY

HECTOR DAVIES MORGAN, M. A.

OF TRINITY COLLEGE; MINISTER OF CASTLE HEDINGHAM,

ESSEX; AND CHAPLAIN TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

LORD KENYON.

OXFORD

AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS FOR THE AUTHOR.

SOLD BY J. PARKER, OXFORD ; AND MESSRS. RIVINGTON, ST.
PAUL'S CHURCH YARD, AND WATERLOO PLACE, LONDON.

shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord
that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift
destruction.

The greatest obligation which can possibly be conferred

upon them is ... the exhibition' of their principles in their
«« true colours.' Grant them this, and you grant them

every thing. If the Unitarian doctrine, cleared from all
“ fallacy, and exhibited to the world in its true light, will
not stand its ground; if it will not, like the Gospel, make
" its way, and triumph over all opposition by its own in-
“ vincible energy, it must be given up. If when weighed in
“ the balances it shall be found wanting, let it be rejected

as worthless dross." Belsham's Letter to the Bishop of

London, p. 83.

Acts xx. 27-30.

I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of

God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all

the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you

overseers, to feed the Church of God, which he hath

purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that

after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among

you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves

shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away

disciples after them.

Expedience of a right interpretation of the Scrip-

tures, and the offence of perverting them.-Calvinistic

doctrines, as explained by Williams, Scott, Vaughan,

and Simeon, compared with the Scriptures. I. Origi-

nal Sin. II. Free Will. III. Grace. 1. What Cal-

vinists do not hold concerning grace. 2. Grace a living

principle, of indispensable necessity, conferred by an

act of sovereignty. 3. Special grace. 4. Conversion.

5. Regeneration. 6. Indefectible grace and final per-

severance. 7. Grace, in what sense irresistible. 8. Grace

how sensible. Experiences. IV. Justification by grace.

1. Justification a sovereign act of God. 2. Justification

by faith without works. 3. The faith which justifies.

4. Primary and final justification. V. General and par-

ticular redemption. 1. Dr. Williams's view of Predes-

tination without Reprobation. 2. Mr. Vaughan's De-

fence and Maintenance of the Doctrine of Reprobation.

-Texts opposed to Calvinistic doctrines.- Important

concessions of Calvinists. — Note on their practical

preaching

“We require nothing of our opponents beyond a fair
“ discrimination. Let them state the censurable tenets, bring
“ clear evidence against the accused; and, having proved
“ them guilty, proceed to pass sentence upon them: but

surely it is not cándid to conclude under one general sen-
“ tence so large and multifarious a body of men as are now

“ called 'the Calvinists,' making them all accountable for

“ the faults of some individuals, and to class among them all

“ the evangelical Clergy and their congregations. But, I

“ retract :-it is not so much in many instances the want of
“ candour and equity, as the want of information." Scott's
Remarks on the Refutation of Calvinism, vol. i. p. 93.

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