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12976 Letter, written An. 414, they were . both doubted of in some parts of the Catholick Churcb, above Threescore and Ten Tears after Constantine's Death.

To the 4th. Besides that, Tertullian speaks not of all the Books in Question ; Originals, shat were extant in the 2d Century, might be lost in the 4th ; either by the Course of Time, or by the Edi&t of Dioclesian, An. 303 (for the Burning of the Scriptures) mošt severely executed.

To the 5th. Monfr. Du Pin, in the Preli. minary Dissertation to his Ecclesiastical History, done into English by a Protestant Hand, says, Sect. 6. p. 5o. concerning the Revelation, or the Apocalypse ; It was reject.

ed by Caius, an ancient Priest of Rome, I who attribured it to the Heretick Cerin

thus, as Eusebius teftifies in the 3d Book of his History, Chap. 28. &c. St. Dionysius of Alexandria observes, that several Perfons disown'd and confuted the Apocalypse, as a Book full of Fictions and Fallicies, but that many others approv'd of it. St. Jerome tells us, in his 129th Epistle, that in his Time the greater Part of the Greek Churches did not receive this Book, no more than the Latins did the Epistle to the Hebrews; but that he receiv'd both. Amphilochius also observes, that in his Time [IV. Cent. ] fome receiv'd it, but that there were great Numbers that re

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jected it; and indeed it is not to be found in the Catalogue of the Council of Laodia cea, nor in that of St.Cyril; but it has been fince acknowledged by the Greek and Latin Churches, &c. Í hus Du Pin.. And fonce the Catholick Church has receiv'd it, it ought to be ownd by all of equal Authority with the Gospels themsilves. Not that she made it be a part of God's Holy Word for this it always was, being written at first by Dia vine Inspiration : But that we had not been * fure of this Inspiration, had not Sbe'attested it after the Apostles Time. 1. )" :.?

As for Quotations the Reader may depend upon it, that I have used all the Exact nefs, my Circumstances would permit. The greatest Part of them being the Notes, I had formerly taken from the Originals themselves with utmost Did "ligence. I hope the Intelligent Reader will find, I have not mistaken their Sense. That he may the more easily be Judge in the Cale; I bave taken Care (whenever it seem'd Material) to transcribe in the Margin, the Words of the Aue! thors at Length, and commonly with Directions both to the Chapter and Page of the Edition I used. Tet in Greek Fathers (because fome Res

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(*) Ce n'est pas, que l'Evangile tire en soi lon Authori. taré de l'Eglise : il l'a de Dicu même, qui l'a revede et in. Spiré. Mais on n'est seur de certe Revelation, que par l'Authoriré, de l'Eglise, qui nous apprend que c'eft ce même Evangile qui a eré écrite par les Apôtres, Monír. Du Pin, Differt. Prelim. L. 2. Cb. 1. $. &.

ders,who perfectly understand the Latin Tongue, cannot distinguish fo exactly the true Senje of the Greek) when the Latin Translation varies not from the Original, I was often willing to use it. Some perhaps may esteem all this a needless Labour. But my Thoughts are so very different, that, if all late Writers had made it their Business to let their Readers see the true Sense and Design of the Holy Fathers, I am. per Juaded the greatest Part of our Controversies would have been at an End long since. Hopever, this has fwelld my Answer to a much greater Compass, than I design'd. It is theres fore divided into Three Parts. The Firft is, of Mr. L's Book in General. The Second, of the Church. The Third, of Supremacy, Transubstantiationi and other particular Controversies. ...imgix. Pro no

The READER, before he perufes the Book, is deford to correct, or, at leaft, to mark the Principal Errata , which are fet down after, the Contents. i ?fx. ii. 3.? , 03 nap minded 1. .. . n

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