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cause_n divine_a faith_n formal_a 1,432 5 11.4042 5 false
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A53726 The reason of faith, or, An answer unto that enquiry, wherefore we believe the scripture to be the word of God with the causes and nature of that faith wherewith we do so : wherein the grounds whereon the Holy Scripture is believed to be the word of God with faith divine and supernatural, are declared and vindicated / by John Owen ... Owen, John, 1616-1683. 1677 (1677) Wing O801; ESTC R38888 113,423 211

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