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Canons, Councils, Misteries, Mira
cles, and Church-Authority.
First Printed in the Year, 1720,
The ORTHODOX AUTHCO
HE Opinions of Mankind are as various as their Complexions ; and he must be a very bad
Marksman, who shoots among a Crowd of People and misses every one : But notwithstanding there is such a Diversity of Faith in the World, yet I am persuaded I shall meet with many who will heartily embrace my Sentiments in the following Creed. I challenge the Universe to disprove any one Article ; and what makes me the more fanguine herein, is, that I am very well assured that
there is not a Tenet which can be justly called
I am sensible of the numerous Herds of Bigots, who will not allow a Man to have a Competency of Orthodox Learning, who has not triflcd away a few Years at a University ; but if we would follow the Example of the good Hurbandman, and purge our Granaries, we should quickly find more Tares than good Corn.
It grieves me to see that the World has such a just Cause to reficet on Alma Mater, and affirm, that (for many Years past, and even to this Day) instead of administring wholesom Nourishiment, she has, and does, viciate the most bale Constitutions. Oh, that the wouid retrieve her loft Reputation of being one of the best Nurses in Christendom ! But her Milk is become four, and curdles in each tender Stomach.
I have spent many a tedious Night in searching diligently into the Lives and Characters of the Primitive BELIEVERS ; nor have I been remiss in endeavouring to discover the Manners and Bchaviour of the Moderns: For the Satisfaction therefore of our Houskold, to corroborate the Weak, to establish the Wavering,