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Chastian Religion.

Vol. I.

By ROBERT JENKIN, late Fellow of

St. John's College in Cambridge.

The Third Edition, Corrected, and very

much Enlarged.

Printed by W. B. for RICHARD SARE at

Grays-Inn Gate in Holborn. 1708.

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Right Honourable




May it please Your LoPvDSHiP,

HE general Decay and Contempt of the Christian Religion amongst us, has made me thinks, that I could no, better employ the Leisure, which3 by Tour Lordship's Favour} I en'joyy than in using my beji Endeavours to shew the Excellency and the Certainty of it. And what I have done } is here humbly presented to Tour Lordship, as of Rights and up' on many Accounts^ it ought to be.

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The Honour and the SatisfaElion which J have often had to hear your Lordjbip fpeah^ in the behalf of Religion and Vertue, encourage me to hope , that a Performance, though hut such as this, upon that SubjeB, may obtain your Acceptance. And the "Name only of a sermon of Tour Lordship's Honour, and Learning, and Knowledge of the. World, may perhaps be of more advantage to the Cause I undertake, than any thing I have been able to write.

Religion may seem, by Descent, and as it were , by Inheritance , to belong to Tour Lordship's Care: The Wisdom and Piety of Tour Great Ancejior, appear to dijiant Ages in the Reformation, which , through, the Blessing of God, was in so,great a measure , by His means, ejiablijh'd in this Kingdom. And I have with joy often thought, that I could observe the Spirit and Genius of my Lord Treasurer Burghley now exerting it self more than ever in Tour Noble Family. Front whence, methin\s , we may presage Happiness to the Nation, and may yet expeSt to fee a true fense of Religion revive, and may hope, that even in our days', Christianity y amongfi Englishmen, jball be more than a Name, which is every where spoken against.

An eminent Ferine is a Publics Good: There is a powerful and commanding Force in Great Examples, to countenance Vertue and discourage Vice and Profanenefs; to make Irreligion appear, as it is, base and contemptible in the World; to degrade ity and thrust it down among the lower and untaught part of Mankind. Much is not to be expe&ed from the Schools and from the Gown, under such Contempt and Discouragement. But the Great and the Honourable have it in their power to do great things; things worthy of Them j elves, and for the advancement of God's Glory. Persons of High Birth y and both by Nature and Education ftted for the Highest Undertakingsy whose Verities feall flourish with their Tears, and add New Lujire to their Hereditary Honours , may yet regain a due e&eem to Religion3 and adorn the Gospel of Christ, This is a proper ObjeB for the

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