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THE FOUR GOSPELS;
SHEWING THEIR DEFECTS,
AND HOW FAR THOSE DEFECTS, TOGETHER WITH
EVINCING THE NECESSITY OF REVISING THE
WHOLE BY AUTHORITY.
BY A FRIEND TO TRUTH.
" WHEREVER THE RELIGION OF ANY STATE FALLS INTO
" DISREGARD AND CONTEMPT, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR
PRINTED FOR J. B. ĻETELLIER;
LYONS, AMSTERDAM, AND LONDON,
THE Author of these sheets had, like many others, lived near fifty years in the world without examining the religion he professed. He perfectly understood (though perhaps he imperfectly practised) his duty both to God and his neighbour: and this knowledge he thought sufficient for the government of his moral conduct through life; riear thirty years of which were so totally employed in an extensive line of business, that he had no time for an examination of the Scriptures in compliance with St. Paul's direction, and, in course, could give no fatisfa&tory account of the faith that was in him; or rather of the Protestant Faith which he publickly professed; -because educated therein. In the prayers and ceremonies of the church, he is sorry to say, his voice was not in all things accompanied by his understanding, or, which is worse, his approbation; and he could not avoid condemning himself for a duplicity, senseless if not criminal. He however carefully avoided a participation in the Athanasian Creed, the Commination, and Communion services ; nor could worldly considerations, aided by the example of his friends, tempt him to the latter. Retirement from the busy scenes of life determined and enabled him to investigate this interesting, necessary, and important business which had long dwelt on his mind. Original fin, redemption, regeneration, pre