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TO BE THE MOST SCRIPTURAL AND APPROPRIATE MODE OF

ADMINISTERING IT;

TOGETHER WITH A NUMBER OF

ESSAYS ON IMPORTANT SUBJECTS

CONNECTED WITH BAPTISM.

BY BENJAMIN KURTZ, D.D.

BALTIMORE.
PRINTED AT THE PUBLICATION ROOMS,

No. 7, S. Liberty street.

1840.

ENTERED according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1840,

BY THE PUBLISHER,
In the Clerk's office of the District Court of Maryland,

K960w )
1840

PREFACE.

The following pages have been written in obedience to a Resolution" of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Maryland, and in accordance with the reiterated requests of personal friends.

In preparing them, it has been our uniform endeavor to concentrate the largest possible amount of conclusive evidence and useful information, within the narrowest limits; and also to adapt our language and reasoning to the capacity of the plain unlettered reader, in order thus to meet an important desideratum in the church.

If in some cases, the nature of our subject compelled us to depart from this course, and to enter into a train of abstruse argument and philological criticism, the merits or demerits of which can only be fully estimated by the learned, those instances are by no means so frequent as to interfere materially with the popular utility of the work. We therefore indulge the hope, that our investigations may present some claim to the attention of those, whose want of time or inclination forbids the task of poring over ponderous tomes of scholastic erudition, and

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