Thursday, October 8, 2015

To The Reader

I was persuaded to pen the reasons for my opinions against absolute reprobation in order to satisfy a worthy friend who required it. What satisfaction that learned gentleman has received by the reasons, I do not know, but I am sure they’ve been good content for some others who have read them and deserve a copy for their further use. Owing to those whose pains in transcribing this treatise, it will now appear in this form.

If any man undertake to refute this work I wish he’d set down his opinion and reasons with that perspicuity and modesty that this author has set down his. Such a course of disputing will gain more credit to himself and his cause then voluminous vagaries about impertinent things. If any shall railing speeches or unnecessary diversions from the cause I shall ever interpret that to be a strong sign of a weak cause, or at least I shall think it to be an argument of an obstinate mind who neither knows how to yield to the truth nor to defend his error. I hope the reader who loves his own salvation will be a more indifferent judge in a question which concerns him so dearly. And so I leave him in God s blessing. 

(Note: Hoards words from his book "Gods love..." will appear in red to distinguish it from Davenants response. The Animadversions includes both the full text of Hoards treatise plus the response.)

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