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Church-Catechism

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OR THE
CHURCH-CATECHISM
Methodized and explained in a new
and easy Method, and familiar Manner,

Helpful
To the UNDERSTANDING,

MEMORY,
and PRACTICE.

To which are added
Some PRAYERS and HYMNS,

For a Help to Devotion.
Recommended as useful for Schools and

Families.

By

Smith.

LONDON:
Printed for the Author, and Sold by SAMUEL

KEBLE, at the Turks-Head in Fleet-street ; and
HENRY CLEMENTS, at the Half Moon
in S. Pauls Church-Tard. 1719.

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SIR,

S your fingular Húmanity and Good-Will to all Men do juftly recommend you to the Efteem and Lově of all;

so the Instances thereof, that you

have applied to me particularly, do particularly require of me my most thankful Acknowledgment. And as fuch, I desire you to accept of this New and Small Ellay, for the more efs fectual Promoting of Catechetical InAtruction; and to vouchsafe it your Pa

tronage.

tronage. For as it is defign'd in part for the use of our poor Countrymen, who are dispersed up and down in your vaft and spacious Regions ; so your ho. noured and worthy Name prefixed hereunto, may recommend it very much to their Acceptance and Use. For I know not any Gentleman, in all the Country round about you, that is either better known, or more beloved than yourself: And particularly by him, who in reality is,

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Tour most obliged, most humble, and most

respectful Servant

PHILO-DELRHUS.

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PREFACE.

S the Knowledge of true Religion is necessary to Man's Salvation ,

so one excellent Means and Help А for the Acquiring of this Know

ledge, is to learn and keep in Memory fome Methodical and fhore Catechism, or System of Divini

ty. And it is generally acknow. ledged, that this our Catechism is such ; Mr. Baxter says of it, that 'tis more truly methodical than most other Catechisms that pretend to greater Accurateness. And Bishop Beveridge batlo afo firmed, that no other doth, or can exceed this : It being so plain and short, that even Children may foon learn it ; and withal so full and copious, in the Sense and Doctrixes of it, that the ableft Divines can never wholly comprehend it : Like a River that hach Fords, wherein Lambs may wade ; and Profundities or Depths, wherein Elephants may fwim.

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