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ANSWER TO THE BISHOP OF LINCOLN.
FOR PUBLISHING BY SUBSCRIPTION,
The Rev. Dr. Thomas Scott's Remarks
“ The Refutation of Calvinism,
BY GEORGE TOMLINE, D.D.
LORD BISHOP OF LINCOLN.”
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THE writings of this eminent divine are held in the highest estimation by the pious of various denominations. He is acknowledged to be one of the best advocates for evangelical truth, which the present age has produced. His commentary on the scriptures has passed through three large editions in this country and a fourth, larger than either of the former is now preparing for press by W. W. W. in 3 vols. quarto, 7 dollars per volume, without any marginal references the notes following immediately after the text.
The work now proposed for publication is a most able and elaborate defence of those doctrines which are commonly called evangelical, and which are by no means peculiar to the Calvinists. The bishop of Lincoln, published what he was pleased to call “ a Refutation of Calvinism," under which proscribed and odious name," says the Christian Observer,
he has attacked some of the fundamental points of that faith, “ which was once delivered to the saints."
“In this work of the Bishop," continues the Christian Observer, “ he has greatly mistaken and misrepresented the sentiments and the persons he undertook to refute, and in many important points has maintained doctrines contrary to the declarations of scripture.”
Dr. Scott, in his remarks upon this publication of the Bishop of Lincoln, most ably defends that system of religion, which a great body of christians supposed to be contained in the scriptures, from the. uncandid and illiberal attacks of its enemies, and obwiates the unfounded objections which are so often brought up against it. The reviewers in the Christian Observer, after occupying about sixty pages of their miscellany in commenting on the excellencies of Dr. Scott's “remarks, conclude their review with the following passage. “We cannot, however, conclude this long extended article, without recommending the study of Dr. Scott's laborious work to such of our readers as feel interested in these discussions. It will amply repay those who are willing to undertake and patiently to pursue its perusal. If it does not afford, what cannot be expected from any human performance, a satisfactory solution of the difficulties which must ever attend some of the subjects of which it treats, it will be found to contain a large and valuable mass of observations on other most important theological topics; and will, at least, leave on the mind of every unprejudiced reader a strong impression of the extensive scriptural knowledge, the controversial ability, and what is far more estimable than any other qualities and attainments, the christian moderation and charity, and the mature and vigorous picy of its author.”
CONDITIONS. The work shall be comprised in two large octavo volumes answering as a sixth and seventh volume to his Miscellaneous works, published by W. W. Woodward; or will be sold separate in two volumes. It shall be printed on good paper with a fair type, and shall be delivered to subscribers for two dollars and fifty cents per volume, bound, and two dollars and twenty-five' cents in boards, payable on delivery of each volume.
Those who interest themselves in the work and procure fide subscribers, they becoming responsible for their subscriptions, shall receive every sixth copy for their trouble.
The work shall be put to press as soon as a number of subscribers shall have been procured sufficient to warrant the undertaking, Persons holding subscription papers are requested to return them by the first January next, to W.W. Woodward, Bookseller, Philadelphia.
Philadelphia, August 21, 1815.
EXPLAINED AND DEFENDED.
Quest. LXV. What special benefits do the members of the
invisible church.enjoy by Christ? Answ. The members of the invisible church, by Christ, enjoy
union and communion with him in grace and glory. Quest. LXVI. What is that union which the elect have with
Christ? Answ. The union which the elect have with Christ, is the
work of God's grace, whereby they are spiritually and mys: tically, yet really and inseparably joined to Christ, as their head and husband, which is done in their effectual calling
W E have, in the foregoing part of this work, considered
man as made upright at first; but not continuing in that state, plunged into those depths of sin and misery, which would have rendered his state altogether desperate, without the interposition of a Mediator; whose designation to this work, his fitness for, and faithful discharge thereof, have been particularly considered in several foregoing answers, wherein we have had an account of his Person as God-man; his offices of Prophet, Priest, and King, his twofold estate, to wit, of humiJiation and exaltation; and the benefits which accrue to the church thereby. This church has also been considered as visible or invisible; and the former of these, as enjoying many privileges which respect, more especially, the ordinary means of salvation.
We are now led to consider the benefits which the menabers of the invisible church, to wit, the whole number of the elect, who have been, are, or shall be gathered into one, under Christ, their head, enjoy by him. And these are contained in two general heads; namely, union and communion with him in