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CALVINISTIC AND SOCINIAN
EXAMINED AND COMPARED,
AS TO THEIR MORAL TENDENCY:
IN A SERIES OF LETTERS,
ADDRESSED TO THE
FRIENDS OF VITAL AND PRACTICAL RELIGION.
TO WHICH IS ADDED,
Establishing the Principle of the Work against the Exceptions
of Dr. Toulmin, Mr. Belsham, &c.
BY ANDREW FULLER.
GRACE BE WITH ALL THEM THAT LOVE OUR LORD
PRINTED FOR T.GARDINER, PRINCES STREET, CAVENDISH SQUARE;
AND M. OGLE, WILSON STREET, GLASGOW,
The following Letters are addressed to the friends of vital and practical religion, because the author is persuaded that the very efsence of true piety is concerned in this controversy; and that godly men are the only proper judges of divine truth, being the only humble, upright, and earnest enquirers after it. So far from thinking with Dr. Priestley, that " an “ unbiaffed temper of mind is attained in con
sequence of becoming more indifferent to re
ligion in general, and to all the modes and "s doctrines of it;" he is fatisfied that persons of that description have a most powerful bias against the truth. Though it were admitted that false principles, accompanied with a bigoted attachment to them, are worse than none; yet he cannot admit that irreligious men are destitute of principles. He has no notion of human minds being unoccupied, or indifferent: he that is not a friend to religion in any mode, is an enemy to it in all modes; he is a libertine; he doth evil, and therefore hateth the light. And shall, we compliment such a character by acknowledging him to be in “ a favourable
“ situation for distinguishing between truth and "falsehood ?* God forbid! It is he that doeth his will, that Jhall know of his doctrine. The humble, the candid, the upright enquirers after truth, are the persons who are likely to find it; and to them the author takes the liberty to appeal.
The principal occasion of these Letters, was, the late union among protestant diflenters, iu reference to civil affairs, having been the fource of various misconceptions; and as the writer apprehends, improved as a mean of difseminating locinian principles.
In the late application to parliament for the repeal of the Corporation and Test Aas, the difsenters have united without any refpect to their doctrinal principles. They considered themselves as applying merely for a civil right; and that in such an application, difference in theological sentiments had no more concern, than it has in tlie union of a nation under one civil head or form of government.
This union, however, has become an occasion of many reflections. Serious men of the established church have expressed their furprise that some difsenters could unite with others so opposite in their religious principles; and
* Discourses on various Subjects, p. 95.