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AN EPISTLE

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READER.

THAT Popish axiom is. long since explodod, that ignorance is the mother of devotion. The world doth now see, that without knowledge the mind is not good. And look, as no knowledge is o necessary, as that of the grounds and principles of the Christian religion ; fo no way is fo apt to convey it to the minds of men, as that which is called catechistical. More knowledge is crdinarily difufed, especially among the ignorant and younger fort, by mne hour's catechistical exercise, than by many hours continued discourses. This way helps the understanding, while it provokes the attention ; many elaborate fermons being loft, through the inadvertency of the bearers. Thus not only ignorance is cured, but error also is prevented; too many being misguided, because they were not at first well grounded in the

principles of the doctrine of Christ. For such reasons as these, we highly approve the labors of this reverend brother, in his Explanation of the Affembly's Shorter Catechifin. And having, ta our great fatisfaction, perused it ourselves, in whole or in part, do readily recommend it unto others : for though he composed it at first for his own particular congregation, yet we judge it may be greatly use ful to all Christians in general, especially to private families. The indmer of using it in families, must be left to the discretion of the masters and governors respectively : though yet we concur wii) the author, and think it advisable (as he hints in one of bis epiftles) that, after a question in the catechism is propounded, and an anfwer without book returned by one of the family, the fame person, or some other, be called upon to read (if not to rebearfé) the explanation of it, the rest reading along with him in Kveral books ; by which means, their thoughts which are apt to wander) will be the more intent upon what they are about

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AN EPISTLE

TO THE

READER.

THAT Popish axiom is. long since exploded, that ignorance is the mother of devotion. The world doth now see, that without knowledge the mind is not good. And lock, as no knowledge is 6 necessary, as that of the grounds and principles of the Christian religion ; fo no way is fo apt to convey it to the minds of men, as hat which is called catechistical. More knowledge is ordinarily difufed, especially among the ignorant and younger fort, by me hour's catechistical exercise, than by many hours continued discourses. This way helps the understanding, while it provokes the attention ; many elaborate sermons being loft, through the inadvertency of the hearers. Thús not only ignorance is cured, but error also is prevented ; too many being misguided, because they were not at first well grounded in the principles of the doitrine of Christ. For such reasons as these, we highly approve the labors of this reverend brother, in his Explanation of the Afembly's Shorter Catechism. And having, ta our great fatisfaction, perused it ourselves, in whole or in part, do readily recommend it unto others : for though he composed it at first for his own particular congregation, yet we judge it may be greatly useful to all Christians in general, especially to private families. The indimer of using it in families, must be left to the discretion of the masters and governors respectively : though yet we concur wiih the author, and think it advisable (as he hints in one of bis epiftles) that, after a question in the catechifm is. propounded, and an answer without book returned by one of the family, the fame person, or some other, be called upon to read (if not to rebearse) the explanation of it, the rest reading along with him in fveral books ; by which means, their thoughts (which are apt to wander) will be the more intent upon what they are about

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AN EPISTLE

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THAT Popis axiam is. long fince exploded, that ignorance is he mother of devotion. The world doth now see, that without knowledge the mind is not good. And look, as no knowledge is O neceffary, as that of the grounds and principles of the Christian -eligion ; fo no way is fo apt to convey it to the minds of men, as bat which is called catechistical. More knowledge is ordinaily difufed, especially among the ignorant and younger. sort, by ne hour's catechistical exercise, than by many hours continued lifcourses. This way helps the understanding, while it prookes the attention ; many elaborate sermons being loft, through he inadvertency of the hearers. This not only ignorance is curd, but errar also is prevented ; too many being misguided, beaufe they were not at first well grounded in the principles of the bétrine of Chrift. For such reasons as thes, we highly approve be labors of this reverend brother, in his Explanation of the Afimbly's Shorter Catechism. And having, ta our great fatisaction, perulfed it our felves, in whole or in part, do readily reomniend it unto others : for though he composed it at first for his wn particular congregation, yet we judge it may be greaily useil to all Christians in general, especially to private families. The indimer of using it in families, must be left to the discretion f the masters and governor's respectively : though yet we concur viih the author, and think it advisable (as he hints in one of is epiftles) that, after a question in the catechism is propounded, nd an anfwer without book returned by one of the family, the ime person, or some other, be called upon to read (if not to reearje) the explanation of it, the rest reading along with him in veral books ; by which means, their thoughts (which are apt 2 wander) will be the more intent upon what they are about.

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