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POINTS OF DOCTRINE
RULES OF DUTY.
REV. R. PARKINSON, M.A.
OF ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE; PERPETUAL CURATE
THE CLERICAL INSTITUTION, ST. BEES.
PRINTED FOR J. G. & F. RIVINGTON,
ST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARD,
AND WATERLOO PLACE, PALL MALL.
AND SOLD BY JOHN ROBINSON, WHITEHAVEN.
THE Sermons which compose the following Volume, were written on the same. plan, and are published with the same objects, as those which the Author has already presented to the public,-and which have been so favourably received by them.
It will be seen, that not only is the text of each sermon taken from the current service of the Church, but that an attempt is generally made, by a reference to the other portions of Scripture selected for that day, to convey as accurately as possible, the impression, which the whole
service combined seems calculated to produce. This system has been followed, both as being in accordance with the evident intention of our Church in the institution of preaching, and also to guard against a danger to which the Author, (along, it is to be feared, with most other preachers,) felt himself to be constantly liable-the danger, namely, of dwelling upon one branch of religious doctrine to the neglect, or inferior consideration, of the rest. It is a natural infirmity of any mind, which has dwelt long and intently upon a particular subject, to view it, in some degree, through a distorted medium. Some duties are apt to strike us as being more important than others; some doctrines seem to be more than the rest essential to salvation; and thus, without, perhaps, any distinct consciousness on
our parts, of the influence of such a bias on the mind, we are sometimes led, without altogether misstating, to misrepresent the Gospel; and by destroying the proportion of its parts, to give a wrong impression of the whole. To avoid this preaching of "himself" rather than of the Gospel-to declare, as far as possible, "the whole counsel of God" to his hearers—and "rightly to divide the word of truth," the Author conceived that no rule could be more efficacious or more safe, than that which the Church, by her practice, appears in some degree to have prescribed. By following this course, a variety, at least, is secured to the topics of the preacher, which the most fertile imagination and the most copious stores of knowledge could not otherwise be expected to produce. The Gospel is brought