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THE

Arminian Magazine,

For the YEAR 1780.

CONSISTING OF

EXTRACTS

AND

ORIGINAL TREATISES

O N

Univerfal Redemption

VOLUME III.

LONDON:

Printed by J. PARAMOR E, at the Foundry;

And fold at the NEW CHAPEL, City Road, and by all the
BOOKSELLERS in Town and Country,

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TO THE

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WHEN

I was firft defired to add another to the large number of Magazines which travel through Great Britain, I confented upon the fuppofition that a few months would probably conclude my Labour. But herein I find myself mistaken: I do not see land yet. I am come now to the end of a fecond year; and yet not to the end of my work.

2. In the two last years I have published some of the beft tracts which I ever met with upon the Arminian Controversy: fuch as I am fully perfuaded, never were and never will be fairly answered. I have given you the Lives of fome of the most eminent persons who have lived at or fince the Reformation. To thefe has been added a fhort account of many of those young men, (such most of them were when they first fet out) who have given up their little all, and have not counted their lives dear unto themselves,

fo they might teftify the gospel of the grace of God. And I have the fatisfaction to observe, That the Engravings this year are far better executed than they were the laft. Many of the Likenesses are really firiking; as all must acknowledge who know the perfons.

3. Of the Letters likewise which follow those Accounts, I have no reason to be afhamed. Most of them are closely practical and experimental; and the experience contained in feveral is both found and deep. Even thofe which may feem to border upon Controversy, have a near relation to Chriftian Practice, and may serve to remove feveral fcruples, which have difquieted the minds of pious men.

4. With regard to the Poetry, fome have objected to a poem published in the September Magazine. And it is granted, it is not ftrictly religious. But it must be granted on the other fide, 1. That there is nothing in it contrary to Religion, nothing that can offend the chastest ears. 2. That many truly religious men and women, have both read it and profited thereby and 3. That it is one of the finest Poems in the English Tongue, both for Sentiment and Language: and whoever can read

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it without tears, muft have a ftupid unfeeling heart. However I do not know, that any thing of the fame kind will appear in any of the following Magazines.

5. In the following, fome Pages will always be bestowed, (as was originally defigned) in proving the grand doctrine of Universal Redemption, and clearing it of all objections. But this will not take up fo large a compass as it has done in fome of the preceding numbers. I do not intend that the Controverfial part of future number shall exceed fixteen pages. any By this means there will be more room for what is more to my taste, and I believe more for the profit of the serious Reader: I mean, such Lives as contain the heighth and depth of genuine, scriptural, rational Religion.

6. There will likewise be room for inserting a longer and more particular account of fome of the Preachers. Indeed I ftudiously avoid the fwelling of these accounts by circumstances that are neither useful nor entertaining. But in feveral of those that I have by me, there are many striking incidents, which deserve to be related at large particularly fuch as respect the difficulties and dangers which they have gone

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