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“ TRACTS FOR THE TIMES.”

BY THE

REV. JAMES BUCHANAN,

ONE OF THE MINISTERS OF THE HIGH CHURCH, EDINBURGH.

“ There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling ;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and father of all, who is above all, and through
all, and in you all."--EPHES. iv. 4-6.

EDINBURGH:
JOHN JOHNSTONE, HUNTER SQUARE.

LONDON: R. GROOMBRIDGE.

MDCCCXLIIL.

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Printed by John JOHNSTONE, High Street, Edinburgh.

PREFATORY NOTE.

The greater part of the Author's manuscript was in the hands of the printer before he had an opportunity of seeing the admirable Address on the same subject by Merle D'Aubigné,* which has been so seasonably reprinted in this country. That Address,-characterised as it is by a philosophic comprehensiveness of view, a thrilling eloquence of style, and a truly catholic spirit,--might well be thought to supersede these plain and familiar Letters; but they are published under the impression that it may be useful to present the same subject in the various aspects in which it appears to different minds, contemplating it from different points of sight. The three comprehensive principles, so felicitously expressed and applied by D'Aubigné,—THE WORD OF GOD, ALONE, -THE GRACE OF CHRIST, ALONE,—and THE WORK OF THE SPIRIT, ALONE, must be regarded, by every wellinformed mind, as decisive of the whole controversy; but that these great principles may have their full effect on public opinion, the people must be provided with distinct and detailed information as to the real nature of the system which has been propounded by the Oxford divines; and much of the apathy and indifference with which they have hitherto regarded the progress of that

* " Geneva and Oxford : an Address to the Professors and Students of the Theological School, Geneva, at the opening of the session, Oct. 3, 1842, By the President, J. H. Merle D’Aubigné, author of the ‘History of the Great Reformation,' &c.” Edinburgh : John Johnstone.

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