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ing, loving, and disliking objects, are volitions? If they have not, then their argument amounts to nothing, and the miud may be free in willing, although choosing, loving and disliking objects, are effects produced by motives, or external objects. Let Calvinists prove if they can, that willing is the same exercise, as choosing, loving, or disliking objects, and then they will silence every person, who contends for the liberty of the mind in willing. By asserting, these exercises are alike, does not make them so; proof is required, and if not produced, men will believe they are free agents in spite of every exercise scheme, that can be invented:-they will believe what they feel, and it is impossible to reason them out of their senses, without clear evidence. But willing, choosing, loving and disliking, are not alike; the first is an exercise of the will, and the mind is always free in it; but choosing, loving, and disliking objects, are exercises of the affections, and in these, the mind has no liberty or freedom, when objects so operate on the mind, as to produce them. On the whole, I believe Calvinists ought to concede, that the mind is free in willing, and that volitions are not effects.

I also believe, that Arminians ought to agree with Calvinists, that the human heart is naturally depraved, and must be renewed by the power of the Holy Ghost to be happy.

V. The reader may exclaim the author is a confirmed Arminian, It is not so, he has from his youth up associated with Calvinists, and believed in the scriptural doctrines, which their clergy have taught; but he has never believed in their metaphysics which deny the free agency of man and consequently his accountableness to God for his actions. It is these metaphysics, the author would correct, and if his reasoning be weak, or fallacious, the candid reader is requested to attribute it to the limitation of the mental powers and faculties of the author. He has done what he could to prove that the human mind is free in willing, and if he has failed, so be it, others have failed before him.

But the Author apprehends, that there are persons, who will try to misconstrue his arguments, and render them ridiculous to support some favour ite exercise scheme of their own. With such persons he will avoid controversy; if they feel exercised, he is willing they should be. But he would have them remember, that others have a right to believe, and will believe, they are free agents.

In addition to the errors of the press mention ed in page 12th, the reader is requested to correct

the following:

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proof, read proofs.

impowered, read empowered.
might omitted, read might have

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searchest, read searcheth.

understandest, read understandeth. proof, read proofs.

opperations, read operations.

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