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CONFUTATION

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QUAKERISM;

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Plain Proof of the Falfhood of what the Principal Quaker Writers (especially Mr. R. Barclay in his Apology and other Works) do Teach

CONCERNING

The Neceffity of Immediate Revelation in order to a faving Chriftian Faith; the Being, Nature and Operation of the Pretended Univerfal Light within; its Striving with Men, moving them to Prayer, and calling them to the Miniftry; Regeneration, Sanctification, Juftification, Salvation and Union with God; the Nature of a Church; the Rule of Faith; Water-Baptifm; and the Lord's-Supper. Diverfe Questions alfo concerning Perfection, Chrift's Satisfaction, the Judge of Controverfies, &c. are briefly ftated and refolved.

By THO. BENNET, M. A. Rector of St. James's in Colchester, and late Fellow of St John's College in Cambridge.

CAMBRIDGE :

Printed at the UNIVERSITY PRESS, for Edmund Jeffery Bookfeller in Cambridge, and James Knapton at the Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard, LONDON. 1705.

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PREFACE

Cannot but think Quakerifm one

I vileft and most pernicious Heresies, that

our unhappy Nation has ever been infected with. And therefore I am heartily grieved, that altho' my Brethren, the Clergy of the Eftablished Church, have written with Great Learning and Accuracy upon most other Points, yet the Quaker Controverfies have been (almost wholly) neglected by them.

'Tis poffible, fome of thofe Great Men, who have fo frequently triumphed over other Adverfaries, are of Opinion, that the Quakers are below their Notice, and that the Conquest of 'em would prove Inglori

ous.

Now 'tis true, this Sect, when it first appeared in the World, diftinguished them felves by fuch an incredible Variety of Enthufiaftic Freaks, as made their Perfons utterly Ridiculous. Their Books also were then stuffed with fuch prodigious Quantities of Ribaldry and Jargon, of Bitterness,

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