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Containing

the chief Heads of the
CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE,

Deduced from - Axioms į.

Composed and publickly defended in Presence and under

the Direction of the very reverend and most judicious
JOHN HENRÝ RINGIER, V. D. M.
And Profeffor of controversial Divinity in the Academy

At BERN.

By

and

ISAAC SIGFRÍD, OF ZOÉFINGEN IN BERN,
DANIEL WYTTENBACH, of BERN,
In Order to obtain the Honour of the S. MINISTRY.

... 1747:

(Translated from Latin.)
To which is added a Discourse by
GERRIT LYDEKKER. A. B..

NEW-YORK.
Printed and sold by Samuel. Brown at the foot of

Pitbaker's-Hill, between the New Dutcle Clourcle and
Fly. Market, 1966,

morte 401k 17.

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I T H B .,
P R E FACE.

Candid, Christian, Beloved Readers!
D HE whole System of Chriftian Theology confifts of,

and is divided into two parts, Theory and Practice:

The firft Part, namely, Theoretićat Tbeology, is the Science of Divine Truths. "The Second Part, Scil. Practical Theology, or Religion (as the very Terms import) confifts in the Performance of all those Duties, which are, by the Deity himself, pręscirbed to, and injoined upon us 'in Tbeorit Tbeology."". Praktical Theology is alto frequently, and by na means improperly, termed the Theology of the Heart; though mot commonly, as well as most modernly, it is de nominated Experimental Theology. In order, therefore, to our being really 'teligious Perfons, or complete Theologiars, we molt be the Subjects both of Theorical, and Practical Divinity. That is to say, 'we must know, and perform our wbole Duty perftaly. For in the true Knowledge of God, and in the perfect Knowledge and perfect Performance of our' whole Duty towards God, four Neighbours and our selves, our real Happiness consists. And certain it is, that an internal Contciousness, and full Convi&ion of such a complete Knowledgo, and pun&ual Discharge of Duty, muft beget and produce a moft Sublime Satisfaction, and most home.felt Joy in the Soul. I gob! .... . 1. Now it is moft incontrovertibly evident, that Theorical Divinity, most precede Practical Divinity. Indeed Theory matt in general, and always in the very Order, Realon and Nature of Things, go before Practice. Because all true and real moral Amendment must of abfolute Necesity always Cake, it's Rife, or begin at the Under ftanding of a rational Being. The Undertanding mufi, and the Understanding

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