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APPEAL TO THE GOSPEL,
METHODISTS AND OTHER OBJECTORS,
The Gospel is not preached by the National Clergy:
SERIES OF DISCOURSES
THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD IN THE YEAR 1812,
At the Lecture founded by
CANON OF SALISBURY.
RICHARD MANT, D.D.
HIS GRACE THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY, AND LATE FELLOW
" I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of
“ God unto salvation, to every one that believeth."
“ videatur, nisi palpetur, nisi manibus digitisque teneatur, credi
YARD; AND J. PARKER, OXFORD:
RIGHT HONOURABLE AND RIGHT REVEREND
JOHN RANDOLPH, D. D,
LORD BISHOP OF LONDON,
THE following Discourses are the fruit of studies, commenced when I had the benefit of your Lordship's instructions from the theological chair. They are designed as a humble tribute to what I believe to be the truth of that Gospel, a dispensation of which was committed to me by your hands; and for my fidelity in the preaching of which, my present situation in your diocese makes me responsible, under CHRIST, to your episcopal jurisdiction.
These considerations induced me to signify a wish, with which you have been graciously pleased to comply, that I might be permitted
to fend my Lectures into the world under the fanction of your Lordship's patronage ; affured, at the same time, that an attempt, which has for its object to rescue from misrepresentation fome important articles of our holy Faith, and to vindicate the great body of the national Clergy from much unmerited aspersion, cannot be fo properly inscribed as to one, whose high dignity is accompanied with corresponding exertions for promoting the welfare of our pure and apostolical Church, and, therein, of genuine Christianity,
HAVING in the following Inquiry ventured on a subject, in itself perhaps of an invidious character, I am anxious to avoid all unneceffary occasion of offence; and would therefore befpeak the candour of my readers on two or three particular points.
An enemy to controversy, as such, and efpecially an enemy to the bitterness of controversy, it has been my earnest desire to abstain from all intemperance of manner and of language. Firmly persuaded of the truth of those doctrines, which I have been defending, I have endeavoured to plead for them with firmness, but without afperity. If I have been occasionally betrayed into an opposite conduct, and induced to employ expressions unworthy of my Christian profession, I beg that such language may be looked upon as never uttered; or at leaft may be regarded with indulgence, as the effect of human weakness, and not of a deliberate intention to offend.
In order to ascertain the sentiments of those, whose allegations I have undertaken to examine, I have principally had recourfe to the