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VINDICATION

OF THE

DOCTRINE

OF THE

AND THE

Holy and Ever Blessed TRINITY,

INCARNATION
The Son of God.

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OCCASIONED
By the Brief NOTES on the Creed of
St. Athanafius, and the Brief HISTORY
of the Unitarians, or Socinians, and

containing an Answer to both.

By WILLIAM SHERLOCK D. D.

IMPRIMAT U R,
Fun.9.1690. 7. Imam , R. P. D. Henrico

Episc. Lond. à Sacris.

LONDON,
Printed for W. Rogers at the Sun over-against St. Dun.

stan's Church in Fleet-street. i 69 .

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TO THE

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Will make no Apology for publishing this Vindi-
cation of the Great and Fundamental Mysteries
of our Religion , for if ever it were necessary, it

is now, when Atheists and Hereticks, fome openly, fome under a disguise, conspire together to ridicule the Trinity, and the Incarnation.

I confess, the Book is too big, could I have made it leß, as at first I intended; but when I was once engaged, I saw a necesity of going farther; and I hope no man will have reason to complain, that I have said too much, but those, who will find a great deal too much said, for them to answer. My Original Deßgn was to vindicate the Doctrines

, An. Se he p19. of the Trinity and Incarnation, from those pretended Absurdities and Contradictions which were so confidently charged on them : and this I'm sure I have done ; for

Í have given a very easie and intelligible Notion of a
Trinity in Unity, and if it be posible to explain this
Doctrine intelligibly, the charge of Contradictions va-
nishes ; and whether men will believe this Account or
not, they can't deny, but that it is very possible and in-
telligible, and if we could go no farther, that is enough
in Matters of Revelation.
But I hope, I have done a great deal more than this,

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and

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and proved, That it is the true Scripture Account of
it, and agreeable to the Doctrine of the Ancient Fa-
thers ; and have vindicated the Scripture Proofs of a
Trinity and Incarnation from the pitiful Sophistries of
tbe late Socinian Historian.

I bave not indeed answered particularly the whole
Book in Order and Method, as it lies, which was too
tedious a Work, and not necessary; but I have consider.
ed whatever was most material in it, and have avoid-
ed nothing, because it was hard to Answer, but because it
needed no Anfwer, as I am ready to satisfie the World,
whenever a just Occafon calls for it : for having dipt
my Pen in the Vindication of jo glorious a Cause, by the
Grace of God, I will never defert it, while I can hold
à Pen in my Hand.

I must thankfully own, that the writing of this Book
bas given me clearer and more distinèt Notions of this
Great Mystery, then I had before, which is the Reasons
why the Reader will find some things explained towards
the end, which I spoke doubtfully of at first, as particu-
larly the difference between tbe Eternal Generation of
the Son, and the Proceffion of the Holy Ghost ; and I
hope this is a pardonable Fault.

The writing this Book has cost me many Thoughts and
& those who have a mind throughly to understand it must not
think much if it cost them some; and if they cannot be
contented to beftow some serious. Thoughts on it, it will
be lost labour to read it. I pray God give success to it,
and open the Eyes of those Men, before it be too late,ubó
are induftrious to write or disperse fuch. Brief Notes
and Brief Histories, are valuable for nothing but
Blasphemy and Nansense ; for I will be bold to Jay,That
Socinianílin (after all its pretences to Reafon) is one of
the most stiepid senfles Herefie's, i hat' ever insested the
Christian Church.

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SEGT. I. Oncerning the Nature of a Contradiction, and bora

to know it,

Many Contradictions pretended, where there are nonez as in the No.

tion of a Spirit, and of God.

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How to discover when a pretended Contradi&tion is not real, but in.

our imperfe&t Conception of things.

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It is abfurd to difpurte againft

: the Being of any thing from the diffi-

calty of conceiving its

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What the natural Boundaries of Human Knowledge are. 9

SECT. II. The Athanafian Creed contains nothing but what is

necesjury to the true Belief of the Trinity and Incarnation

I be Dispute between sheGreek and Lat.Church about the

filioque.17

SECT. III. Concerning the necessity of the Catbolick Faith to Sal.

vation, and a Brief History of Achanasius.

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That the Catbolick Faitb is necesary to Salvation. -

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What is meant by keeping the Catholick Faith whole and undefiled.

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The Scriptures being a compleat Rule of Faith, do not make Athana-

Rus's Creed an unnecesúry. Rule:

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The great usefulness of ancient Creeds.

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Pope Leo IH.would not deny Salvation to those wbo disowned ibe

fitioque.

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What is mejaar by the Catholick Faith.

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Tibe History of Arhanafius. .....

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SIE C'T. IV. The Catholick Doctrine of a Trinity in Unity, and

Unity in Trinity explxined, and vindicated from all pretenden Aba

Juridities and Contradi&tions.

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Ubat it is that makes any Substance numerically One. 48

The Union of a Spirit 'norbing else bur Self-consciousness..? ibid.

And therefore mutual consciousness makes Three Perfons effentially and

di numerically One. 1,1

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Ibé unity of a Mind or Spirit reaches as far as its Self-consciousness

does..

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That this is the true Scripture Notion of the Unity of the Fathin Son,
-sard Haly Ghoft.

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