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THE

CHRISTIAN PREACHER,

OK,

DISCOURSES ON PREACHING,

BY SEVERAL EMINENT DIVINES, ENOLISII AND FOREIGN.

REVISED AND ABRIDGED;

WITH

AN APPENDIX ON THE CHOICE OF
BOOKS. -

BY EDWARD WILLIAMS, D. D.
'first American ft-vmthe Secojul London Edition, with Improvements.

PHILADELPHIA:

PRINTED FOR, AND PUBLISHED IiY WILLIAM IV. WOODWARD,
corner of Second and chesnut Streets.

TO

THE STUDENTS
WHO NOW ARE,

AND THE

YOUNG MINISTERS

WHO LAfE HAVE BEEN

UNDER THE CARE OF THE EDITOR, THIS PUBLICATION

IS RESPECTriII.LV INSCRIBED

AND RECOMMENDED,
BY THEIR AFFECTIONATE FRIEND,

EDWARD WILLIAMS. CONTENTS.

PREFACE

tO Till

FJRST EDITION.

TP HE professed general design of this publication is, t» Afford to Students and young Ministers a portable, yet comprehensive Ev.cheirid.mn; in which they will find the jnost important and interesting rules and directions that relate to preaching, considered both as an art and a dutyf reduced into perspicuous method, with all the brevity which is consistent with the nature of the subject.

The First Discourse, On the Gift qf Preaching, was originally published, about the middle of the last century, by Bishop Wijlkins, who was eminent as a man of general science, and still more so as a devout christian and orthodox divine. His predilection for analysing all subjects in A scholastic manner, which was the too common fault of his contemporaries, often operated unfavourably against tjhe elegance and forcible effect of his writings. In the present abridgment, it is proposed to preserve all the advantage of method, while the forbidding stiffness of it is avoided. The principal things left out are a very complex analysis of a body of divinity, and a large list of books, the greater part of which are obsolete. The former is, to almost every reader pf the present day, utterly useless, tending only to per

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