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THEO L OG I Å SPECULATI V E
SCHEMA; è variis Systematibus moidérnis, magnam partem, excerptum,
ab incautis quorundam placitis repurgatum, Sacrarum Scripturarum au
thoritate confirmatum, nec non EcSclefiæ Anglicanæ Articulis maxime con
sonum. Cui accessit brevis præcipuarum Controversiarum per totam Theologiam Discussio, è variis Autoribus in opem & subsidium Tironum colleeta, & ad locum cuique congruum relata. Per L AUR. FOGG, S. T. P. Dec. Ceftrienf. Londini. Excudebat J. H. pro R. Minsbul Bibliopola Ceftrienfi, & proftant venales apud H. & G. Mortlock ad Insigne Phænicis in Area
A COMPENDIUM OF DIVINITY,
taken (for the greatest Part) from seves
ral. Modern Systems ; cleared from the wrong Opinions of some Divines ;' GÖNfirmed by the Authority of the Holy Scriptures, and perfectly consonant to the Are ticles of the Church of Englandi. To which is added a short Discussion of the chief Theological Controversies, collected from several Authors for the Vse of Students, each of which is inserted in its pros per Place. By LAURENCE FOGG, D. D. and Dean of Chester. London 1712. in 8vo. Pagg. 4613
He Reverend Dr. Fogg, Dean of Chester, is
the First EnglisDivine, who has published a full System of Divinity. Being fenfible, that Books of that Nature, composed by the Foreign Prote stants, contain some Opinions disproved by the Church of England,' he shought ir pieceffary to put into the Hands of the English Students a Course of Theology perfectly agreeable to the Thirty-nine Articles. The Author's System is short, perfpicuous, and very methodical. All needless Questions have been laid aside : The Objections are proposed, and anfwered in a few Words : The most important Controversies are interspersed through the whole Work, and treated with great Clearnels:
This Syftem consists of XIII Chapters,
In the IId, Öf the Holy Scripture is
- In the IIId, Of God and his Attributes :
In the IVth, Of the Holy Trinity :
In the Vth, Of the Internal Works of God i
In the VIIIth, Of the Government of Men after the Fall.
In the IXth, Of the new Covenant of Grace; and its Mediator :
In the Xth, of the Sacraments of the New Cos venant.
In the XIth, Of the Application of Redemption:
: In the XIIth, Of the Church.
In the XHÍth, Of Regeneration, Justification, SanEtification, and Eternal Life.
I Mall only take notice of Two Passages: 1. The Author-makes fome Observations upon fome Verses of the IXth Chapter of the Epifle to the Romans. Those Observations are entitled, Annotationes in Com. mata quadam Cap. IX. ad Rom. quæ dum multi ad Prædestinationis Do&rinam minus congrue applicant, dure fonant, & conceptus haud Deo dignos mentibus noftris ingenerare apta funt.
2. He advises young Students to read the Fathers with Judgment, because they frequently differ in their Notions of the Words Substance, Hypoftafis,
and told. Cam judicio legendi funt Petres, qui non raro fententiis disident in usu pocum, Subftantiæ, Hy: pofta feas, soias, ut patet ex Hieron. ad Dardan. Aug, Lib. V. de Trin. Cap. viii, p. 1x, Socrat. Hist. Tri. Lib. VI.
This Compendium of Divinity' is written with great Judgmene :, It contains a great deal of Mar. eer in a little Compass, and is perhaps the most fub ftantial Abridgment in that Kind that ever was pub, ļifhed. The Author says, it would have been more perfect, had it not been for his great Age, and the Weakniefs of his Sighito
concern. ing the Trials of Witches , (which i Joould have inserted above,) taken from M. Leibnit's Essay I upon the Goodness of God, the Free-will of Man, and the. Origin of Evil, pag. 17 16,
217 M. LEIBNITZ having mentioned a Book of
Father Frederick Spee, a Jesuit of Noble Fas mily in Westphalia, goes on thus :
" The Meinory of that Excellent Man ought to be dear to all Learned and Judicious Persons, be.
1. I have given an Account of that Essay.
" cause he is the Author of the Book intituled, Cau" tio Criminalis circa processus contra Sagas *, which “ made a great Noise, and has been translated into
many Languages. I have been informed by the “ Illustrious Elector of Mentz, Fohn Philip de Schon" born, Uncle of bis present Electoral Highness, “ who gloriously follows the Steps of his Worthy « Predeceffor, That Father Spee, who happened to « be in Franconia, when the pretended Sorcerers “ were burnt apace, having attended many to the
Place of Execution, and found out by his Inqui* ries, and their Confeffions, that they were all in
nocent, was so moved with it, that tho' it was a dangerous thing to speak the Truth, he resolved
to write that Book (without putting his Name "to it,) which had a very good Success, and made " Such an. Impression upon that Elector, who was “ then only a Canon, and since Bisnop of Wurtsburg, “ and at last Archbishop of Mentz, that he put an “ End to the Burning of any Body on Account of “ Witchcraft, as soon as he came to the Regency,
Wherein he was followed by the Dukes of. Brunf. wick, and at last by most of the Princes and States de of Germany.", 2018?
# That is, A Cavear about the Proceedings against Witches.