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R FAD F

1(

S,

E Book is

[o

big that

t

mufi: make no longer Preface,

dnn

to

give you this Heceffary tlwrc account,

t.

Of

the

~alicy,

2.

And che Realons of this Work.

I.

The

matter

you will fee

in the Contents

!

As

Amefitts

his Cafes of Conlciencc are

to

his

Medulla,

the

fec~1d

and PraQ:ical part of Theologie, fo is this to

a

Methodtts Theologi.e

which

I

have not yet publifhed.

And

1.

As to the

Metbod

of this, it is partly

ttatural,

but

principally

Moral,

that is, panly fuicable to the real order of the

Matter,

but chiefly of

tife(rd,

nef, fecwzdum ordimm Intentionis,

where our realons of each location are

feccht from the End. Therefore ualefs

I

might be tedious in opening my

reafons

a

fine

for the order of every particular,

I

know not how to give

you full [atisfa.:tion. But in this PraQ:ical part

I

am the lefs folicitous

about the

Acwratme(S

of metbod,

becaule it more belongech totheformer

Part

(the Theory) where

I

do it as well as

I

am able.

2.

This Book was written in

1664.

and

1665.

(except the Eccle!iafl:ick

Cafes of Confcience; and a few {beets fince added) : And fince theW

ri–

ting of it, tome invitations drew me to publill1, my Reafons of the Chri–

fl:ian Religion, my Life of Faith, and DireCl:ions for weak Chrifbans : by

which the work of the two firfl: Chapters here is fullier done: And ehere–

fore

I

was inclined here

to

leave eh ern out. But for the u[e of fuch Fami–

lies as may have this wichoucche other,

I

forbore

to

difmemberit.

3· But

there is a great difproponion between the feveral parrs of the

Book.

1.

The firfl: Pare is largefl:, becaufe

I

thought chatthe Heart mull:

be kept with greatefl: diligence, and that if the Tree be good the fruit will

be good; and I remember

Patds

counfel,

1

Ttm.

16.

Take heed to chy [elf

and unto eh y DoCtrine : Continue in them : for in doing this thou fbalc

both fave thy felf and them chac hear thee. Nothing is well done by

him th2.t beginneth not at home :

A~

the man is, fo is his fl:rengrh, · and

work.

2;

The two firfl: Chapters are too courfe and tedious for thofe of

the higher form, (who may pafs them over). But the refl: mull: be fpo–

ken to; To whom that is unprofitable which is mofl: fuitable and plea–

Cant

to

more exerciled and accurate wits. The

Gratzd DireEfions

are bm

the explication of the effentials of Chriltianity, or of the Baptifmal Co–

venant, even of omRclation·dmies

to

God rhe Father, Son (in fevetal

A

2

pans