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PRIMITIVE CHRISTIANITY REVIVED.
EPISTLE TO THE READER.
By this short treatise, thou wilt perceive the subject of it, viz: The light of Christ in man, as the manifestation of God's love for man's happiness. Forasmuch as this is a peculiar testimony and characteristic of the people called Quakers, and their great fundamental in religion ; that by which they have been distinguished from other professors of Christianity in their time, and to which they refer all people about faith, worship, and practice, both in their ministry and writings; that as the fingers shoot out of the hand, and the branches from the body of the tree; so true religion, in all the parts and articles of it, springs from the Holy Spirit in man; and because the prejudi. ces of some are very great against this people and their way; and others, who love their seriousness, and commend their good life, are yet, through mistakes, or want of inquiry, under jealousy of their unsoundness in some points of faith; and that there are not a few in all persuasions, who desire earnestly to know and enjoy God in that sensible manner which this people speak of, and who seem to long after a state of holiness and acceptance with God; but are under doubts and despondings of attaining it, from the want they find in themselves of inward power to enable them, and are unacquainted with this efficacious agent, which God hath given and appointed for their supply:
For these reasons and motives, I have taken in hand to write this small tract, of the nature and