|Title:||An essay concerning adepts, or, A resolution of this inquiry how it cometh to pass that adepts, if there are any in the world, are no more beneficial to mankind than they have been known hitherto to be, and whether there could be no way to encourage them to communicate themselves : with some resolutions concerning the principles of the adeptists and a model, practicable, and easy, of living in community : in two parts / by a Philadept ...|
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2011 December (TCP phase 2)
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An essay concerning adepts, or, A resolution of this inquiry how it cometh to pass that adepts, if there are any in the world, are no more beneficial to mankind than they have been known hitherto to be, and whether there could be no way to encourage them to communicate themselves : with some resolutions concerning the principles of the adeptists and a model, practicable, and easy, of living in community : in two parts / by a Philadept ...
London: Printed by J. Mayos ..., and are to be sold by J. Nutt ..., 1698.
Reproduction of original in Bodleian Library.
AN ESSAY Concerning ADEPTS. In Two PARTS.
The first Part.
1. Section. That it cannot reasonably be denied, that there is such a thing as the Philosophers Stone.
II. Sect. That it would be a mighty Advantage, to enjoy the benefits of the Philosophers Stone.
III. Sect. That Adepts say, It is no very difficult matter to obtain their Inestimable Treasure.
IV. Sect. That Adepts are discouraged from communicating themselves, or their Medecine, as they otherwise would.
V. Sect. What would encourage Adepts to communicate themselves more, or what would put them in a capacity to be beneficial to Men.
VI: Sect. The inexcusableness and folly of rejecting the Be∣efits which would accrue to the World, if things were so disposed that Adepts were encouraged in some measure to communicate themselves, and were put in a capacity to be Beneficial to Men.
The Second Part of the Resolution, containing an Illu∣stration of the Expedients mentioned in the fifth Se∣ction of the first Part, and shewing that they are Pos∣sible and Reasonable.
I. Section. The Occasion of this Second Part.
II. Sect. An Explication of these words, It is thought, A∣depts wish that Christians would live somewhat after the manner of the Lacedemonians.
Sect. III. How it would be possible for Christian's to live much after that manner.
Sect. IV. That undoubtedly it would be most reasonable and most Christian like to follow that sort of Life.
Sect. V. That yet Adepts cannot be thought to require ex∣presly so much, for if they pleased, they might easily re∣duce Men to an absolute necessity to do so.
Sect. VI. That in general, they would undoubtedly require of men nothing but Secrecy and Fidelity, Reason and Mo∣deration, Justice and Mercifulness; and that 'tis not to be doubted, could they be assured of these, they would be ready to communicate themselves, under some just limitations.
Sect. VII. What this Condition, more particularly, may be supposed, for instance, to Imply.
Sect. VIII. The Assurance which has been intimated that Princes might give.
Sect. IX. What Great men might reasonably do, in order to obtain the Elixir