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An Attempt to illustrate those Articles of the
Church of England, which the Calvinists

improperly consider as Calvinistical,

IN

EIGHT SERMONS

PREACHED BEFORE

THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD,

IN THE YEAR MDCCCIV,

AT

THE LECTURE

FOUNDED BY J. BAMPTON, M. A.

CANON OF SALISBURY.

BY

RICHARD LAURENCE, LL, D.

OF UNIVERSITY COLLEGE.

OXFORD,
AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS, FOR THE AUTHOR;
AND SOLD BY MESSRS. HANWELL AND PARKER; AND BY
MESSRS. RIVINGTON, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARD, AND
R. FAULDER, NEW BOND STREET, LONDON.

_1805.

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PREFACE

THE mode of illustration adopted in these Lectures, although it has not been wholly difregarded, has nevertheless been but partially pursued, by those, who have gone before upon the fame subject. Much has been written, and satisfactorily written, to prove, that the Predestinarian system of Calvin is totally inconsistent with the doctrine of our Articles ; that it is equally irreconcileable with our Liturgy and Homilies ; and that the private sentiments of our Reformers were likewise inimical to it. But complete in all points as such evidence may appear, (the force of which its opponents have been unable to invalidate, the Author still conceived, that an elucidation of another kind was wanting ; that the weight of testimony might be augmented by an attempt to trace the Articles, usually controverted on the oc

casion,

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