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INTENDED PRINCIPALLY TO ILLUSTRATE THE

REMEDIAL CHARACTER

OF THE

CHRISTIAN SCHEME,

WITH REFERENCE TO

MAN'S FALLEN CONDITION:

PREACHED AT OXFORD BEFORE THE UNIVERSITY,

BY

AUGUSTUS SHORT, M.A.

LATE STUDENT OF CHRIST CHURCH,
AND VICAR OF RAVENSTHORPE, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE B

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OXFORD,

JOHN HENRY PARKER;
J. G. AND F. RIVINGTON, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARD AND

WATERLOO PLACE, LONDON.

1838.

BAXTER, PRINTER, OXFORD.

TO THE

REV. THOMAS VOWLER SHORT, D.D.

RECTOR OF BLOOMSBURY.

As a mark of my affectionate respect, I venture to dedicate to you the accompanying Sermons. The train of thought pursued in the second, third, and fourth, was suggested by a question asked many years ago at your private Divinity Lecture in Christ Church. In the fifth is pointed out the use of “ things that offend.” The growth of faith in the sixth, and the evidence of spiritual religion in the last, are topics of daily interest and discussion. The first may not be altogether uninteresting to you, having led to my nomination as a Select Preacher by your lamented friend, E. BURTON, late S.T.P.R.

I remain, my dear Cousin,

Yours very truly,
AUGUSTUS SHORT, M.A.

VICAR OF RAVENSTHORPE, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE.

NOTICE.

AFTER the Sermons had been preached, the writer became acquainted with the valuable notes attached to the Bampton Lectures of the present learned Archbishop of Cashel, Dr. Laurence. It was satisfactory to him to find, that the opinions expressed with respect to the universality of the Gospel scheme of salvation, and the cooperation of the will in the work of sanctification or conversion, were sanctioned by the leading theologians of the Reformation, Lutheran as well as Anglican; and by a considerable portion even of the Swiss divines. Calvin, indeed, appears to have used language on these points at variance not only with his cotemporaries, but the Fathers also ; perhaps, however, more with the view of destroying the notion of “ merit” in the act of willing to follow the motions of God's Spirit, than denying altogether the agency of man in the work. “ Si hominem a se ipso sumere volunt, unde gratiæ collaboret, pessime hallucinantur.” Inst. lib. ii. c. 3. s. 11. Yet he seems finally to acquiesce in the views of Augustine, “ hominem

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