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By LINCOLN & EDMANDS,
PREFACE TO THE PRESENT EDITION.
To theological students and ministers in this country, a new edition of the following work will, it is hoped, be highly acceptable. The Lectures on Pulpit Eloquence are studied in one of the departments of the Newton Theological Institution. For several years the work has been out of print, and it has been found difficult to procure the requisite number of copies. In consequence of a suggestion from my respected colleague, Professor Chase, I was induced to undertake the present edition. My original design was, that the Lectures on Pulpit Eloquence should be published without the Lectures on Systematic Theology; for the latter course of Lectures pertains to studies different from those in regard to which I have a responsibility, and the two series are not, from the nature of the subjects, necessarily connected.
Another perusal, however, of the Lectures on Systematic Theology has made me unwilling to lose the present opportunity for extending their influence. They inculcate the true mode in which the study of theology should be conducted. This study has been too long and too much pursued without a thorough and an impartial investigation of the pure word of God. And though all have joined in the declaration, "The Bible, the Bible only, is the religion of Protestants,' yet who, of only ordinary opportunities for observation, can have failed to perceive that the spirit of this declaration has not thoroughly pervaded even favored places of theological study? Of the impropriety here alluded to, we have all been guilty; we have all too much neglected the law and the testimony,' and have too much depended upon human authorities for not a few modes of thinking and of expression.
Deeply impressed with the correctness and the value of the sentiments contained in these Lectures on Systematic Theology, I have thought it desirable that they should be perpetuated. This