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PIL L A R S
S Η Α Κ Ε Ν.
As for the rending of the church, we have many rea-
thrown upon the prelates, since religion and they
Mr, KEARSLEY in Lucigate-itreet; Mr. PAYNE
Mr. John Barton,
L O N D 0 N.
S this Volume confifts of very
instructive treatises, I inscribe it to you ; both as a public acknowledgement of your favours to the Editor, and also that I may bave an opportunity of exhorting you to zeil and ardour in af. serving the principles of liberty.
You will here fee, that the christian religion which contains every motive to goodness personal and social, and the A 2
design of which was to bless all nations, and to make men universally good and happy, hath been so perverted and abused, as to become the instrument of oppression and tyranny, and productive of those very evils that it was intended to prevent or remedy.
You will perceive that all these mifchiefs have arisen from investing its ministers with worldly power and dominion, contrary to the design of its author, and to the precepts and pattern of his gospel.
You will find, that the fe men fo de. generated from their first inftiiutior, as to fee up for ruling, instead of inft:ucting; and though they pretended a zeal for souls, yet their behaviour plainly shewed, that they cared not what became of souls if they could but obtain power and wealth,