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Arabick MSS. of the Bodleian Library: Note, The Author has bound up a few of these five last together.
XII. Animadversions on a Pamphlet inituled, The New Arian Reprov’d. O&avo.
XIII. Primitive Christianity reviv'd, in four Volumes, Otavo.
I. Præle&tiones Astronomice. O&avo.
II. Elementa Euclidis per Tacquetium denuo edita, & aucta. Odavo.
III. Algebra Elementa per Anonymum, publici juris fa&ta. O&avo.
IV. Præle&tiones Physico- Mathematice. O&tavo.
INCE there not only is at
present, but, fo far as appears,
derful and remarkable Book, or Collection extant, stil'd, the Apostolical Do&trine and Constitutions, and so pretending to be written in the Name of the Holy Apostles of our Lord Christ, or by Authority derived from them; nay, pretending to contain the Original most facred Laws, Doctrines, and Rules of the Gospel, derived by the Apostles from our blessed Saviour, and by him originally from the supreme God the Father himself; and since
withal this Book, or Colle&tion, appears in the main, upon perusal, to be highly worthy of the Apostles, exactly-agreeable to their undoubted Writings, and compos'd in so pious, primitive, and serious a manner as inclines one at the first sight to have no fufpicion of its being other than genuine : Since also we soon find, upon farther enquiry, that, abating a few Ages last past, principally in these Western Parts of Christendom, which were fo long under the Slavery of the Antichristian See of Rome, the Body of the Christian Church has all along own’d it for Genuine and Apostolical; it cannot sure but deserve our most serious ftudy and enquiry, whether this Book be really what it pretends to be. Erpecially this deserves our enquiry, who are peculiarly Christians, not only regarding The Will of God the Father, reveal'd to us by the Law of Nature, confirm'd by the Law of Moses, and compleated by our Lord Jesus while he was on Earth, and so wholly acted in the Name of the supreme God his Father ; but owning also the diftinet Authority of Christ himself, as advanc'd to a peculiar Kingdoin after his Resurrection, and as then become our proper Governor, our Lord, and God, and Judge, till the Consummation of all things. Since, as will appear presently, 'these Constitutions do pretend to be no other than those very
Doctrines, Precepts, Rules, and Devotions, which our Lord Christ has peculiarly established and enacted for his Church ; and to be the sacred Digest of those Laws, by which all its Members are to be govern'd as such at present, and for which, as well as for the other, he will call them to a strict Account at the Day of Judgment. And a considering Person would stand amaz'd to see that among the numerous Authors of smaller account, not only Christian, or Jewish, but Heathen also, whose Writings have been so nicely scann'd by the moderni Criticks, these Eight Books of Apostolical Do&trine and Constitutions should be so very nightly pass’d over by them
ģ nay, coinmonly voted either in general Spurious, or in the gross Interpolated, at random, and almost without any serious examination at all. Nay, and the wonder is increas'd as to the Learned of late, especially those of our Church, since they have with fo great pains and success vindicated the last additional Chapter in the present Collection, containing the original Ecclefiaftical or Apoftolical Canons, and have thew'd that, at the lowest, they must be the most antient Canons that were obsery'd in the Second and Third Centuries of Chris ftianity, without so much as attempting the like careful examination of the former parts of the fame Collection, which yet are of
greater importance, have many obvious Marks of earlier Antiquity, and are plainly the Foundation of those Ecclefiaftical or Apostolical Canons themselves, nay, are expresly cited by thein, and afford them the greatest part of their materials, as will appear upon examination. It is therefore for certain high time for all real and sincere Christians, who hope for the Promises and fear the Threatnings of their Lord and Saviour, with Humility, Reverence, and an holy Fear, to set about a Work of fo inuch consequence to themselves, and to the Church of Christ ; to lay aside all those modern Opinions and Fancies which may any way byass their Judgments; and to -use their utmost care, caution, and impartiality, together with serious Prayers for the Divine Blessing and Assistance in the enquiry, and from a perfectly honest and upright mind to examin whether this Book, when purg'd from a few Corruptions of later date, from which neither thefe, nor the other inspired Books of the New Teftament are intirely clear, be 110t. really derivd from our blessed Lord himself by the Body of his Holy Apostles ; nay, whether they are not in their own Nature prior to, and of greater Authority than the occasional Writings of single Apostles or Evangelifts: I mean in the very fame manner as the Pentateuch, or System, of the Mofa