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THE

PECULIAR DOCTRINE OF CHRISTIANITY,

OR

RECONCILIATION BY JESUS CHRIST.

Freeman
BY JAMES F.

CLARKE.

“God in Christ reconciling the world unto himself.”

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NOVEMBER, 18.14.

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THE PECULIAR DOCTRINE OF CHRISTIANITY,

OR

RECONCILIATION BY JESUS CHRIST.

I PROPOSE, in this Tract, to inquire, what are the Peculiar Doctrines and Duties of Christianity.

There are those who doubt whether there be anything essentially peculiar in Christianity, whether it teach anything absolutely new, whether it be anything more than a republication, with authority, of the religion of nature, and of those truths already communicated to the world by Moses and the prophets. But to me it seems clear, that though Jesus did not come to destroy the law and the prophets, he did come to fulfil them. He did not come to destroy natural religion, but he did come to fulfil it. He did not come to destroy human philosophy, but he came to add something to the mind of man which no philosophy had ever attained. Christianity accepts all that is good and true in previous revelations, but it has something peculiarly its own besides. It is not opposed to the religion of nature, it harmonizes with it, yet it is different from it. It is not opposed to reason, yet it is above reason. It is not unnatural, yet it is sulpernatural. It is not merely an authoritative republication of natural religion. It is not merely a collection of moral and religious truths, such as reason might have discovered, accompanied by supernatural evidence and

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