A Vindication of Godliness
in the Greatest Strictness and Spirituality of It
from the Imputations of Folly and Fantasy
Different Directions for the Attaining
and Maintaining of a Godly Life
Translated into 21st-Century American English
by Tom Sullivan, Editor
Edition: December 20, 2018
Vindiciae Pietatis, or, A vindication of Godlinesse in the Greatest Strictness and Spirituality of it From the imputations of Folly and Fancy: Together with Several Directions for the Attaining and Maintaining of a Godly Life / b Rich[ar]d Allein. (London: printed for Peter Parker and to be sold at his shop, 1676)1
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The editor wishes to thank Samuel Ketcham for his kind assistance with Latin translations.
1Richard Alleine, Vindiciae Pietatis, or, A vindication of Godlinesse in the Greatest Strictness and Spirituality of it From the imputations of Folly and Fancy: Together with Several Directions for the Attaining and Maintaining of a Godly Life / b Rich[ar]d Allein (London: printed for Peter Parker and to be sold at his shop, 1676). Reproduction of the original in the Harvard University Library. Published by EEBO Editions, ProQuest, December 13, 2010, ISBN-13: 978-1117786698. This source text is the sole source for the present translation. This reproduction has many defects; the editor has used his best judgment in recovering the original meaning, and in presenting footnotes or other text critical notes. The alert reader will note that the editor has translated the title into contemporary American English.
2When only portions of verses are quoted, the editor generally has chosen to avoid inserting ellipses (…) in order to avoid interfering with the flow of the text.