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RELIGIONS,

AND VARIOUS
SECTS IN RELIGION,

;
That have prevailed in the World,
IN ALL NATIONS, AND IN ALL AGES,
From the earliest Account of Time, to the present Period, from the

most indisputable Tradition;
SHEWING SOME OF THEIR GROSS ABSURDITIES,

SHOCKING IMPIETIES,
AND RIDICULOUS INCONSISTENCES;

EXTRACTED
From ANCIENT and MODERN HISTORY,
And some of the most Illustrious Philosophers :

SUCH AS

HERODOTUS, PLINY,

SIR ISAAC NEWTON,
EUSEBIUS,

PLUTARCH, MR. LOCKE,
LIVY,

JOSEPHUS, &c. &c. &c.
WITH A COPIOUS INDEX.

A History so replete with an almost incredible diversity of Sentiments

and Opinions, as cannot fail to excite in the Mind Wonder and
Aftonůhment, while it affords a no less pleasing Entertainment,

BY WILLIAM HECKFORD, Esqe

.

And if it seem Evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom
you will serve, whether the Gods which your Fathers served, that were on
the other Side of the Flood, or the Gods of the Amorites, in whose Land ye
dwell : but as for me and my Houte, we will serve th: Lord.

JOSHUA, ch. xxiv. ver. 15.
Bear God and keep his Commandments : for this is the whole Duty of Man.

ECCLESIASTES, ch. xii. ver, 13.

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR WILLIAM LANE,

AT THE

Pineroa Press
LEADENHALL STREET,

MDCCXCI.

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P R E F A CE.

HISTORY is generally allowed by all diftinguished writers, to be the most instructing and useful branch of literature, and as no work of this kind (divested of all extraneous matter) has ever appeared in this shape, it cannot fail to render the ensuing pages entertaining to a curious and inquisitive mind, and needs little further apology to the reader.

The many glaring absurdities, and shocking impieties to be met with in the course

of

a

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