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a due efteem to Roa ligion and adorn the Gofpeciof Chrifto This is a proper: Object for ube Ambition of geverons afpiring Minds to express their Gratitude ta Him who has placed them so much above the rest of the World; and when they find themselves bappy novoj to difddin to aim at any thing les than Ewerlafting Happiness bereafter
To be Miferable after Happiness, is an aggravation of Mifery : but to receive Eternal Bleffing, as she Fruits and Image provement of such as are Temporali isi the Privilege of those whom God has been pleafed to diftinguish from others by his Mercies, and who distinguishabemfelves by u regard to his Honour and Services
All that know Burghley, (and who is there almos that doth not know it are furprised with wonder and delighi, to obferve what Art can do, and to be bold the Splendour and the Magnificence of foreign countries in our own But
. the Glories and Rewards of Vertue ball continue, when Burghley it felf and the
World shall be no more ; and will make Death but a Passage and an Advancement from one Palace, from one Honour to another; and a Removal only from the uncertain Riches and imperfect Felicities of this Life, to the Mansions of Eternal Bliss in Heaven.
That these my Endeavours may prove but in any measure serviceable to the Ends of Religion and Vertue, and thereby to the Glory and Happiness of your Honourable Family, in this and a better World, is, My Lord, the unfeigned Desire and Prayer of
Am sensible, that the Publication
be liable to Exceptions, from those for whose Use and Benefit it is chiefly defign’d, who will be ready to lay hold of all Pretences, to avoid the being convinced of what they have fo little mind to believe. They will be apt to say, That if the Truth of Religion be fo certain, and so evident, as it is maintained to be, there could be little need of so many Discourses upon this Argument; for it is no sign of Certainty, nofien tho when such a number of Books are publish'd of this kind, that so many Men of Learning and Parts have written upon the Subject , yet others, it seems,
are not satisfied in their Performances, but are continually offering fomething New upon it. They will likewise obje&, That many of the Professors and Ministers of Religion, do not live as if they believed themselves, at least, not as if they were so very certain of what they teach ; and that if there were so great Certainty, there never could be fo many Unbelievers, but all who had heard of it, must needs be convinced by fuch Evidence. I shall therefore shew here, That the Number of Books written on this Subje&, doth not prove the Uncertainty of Religion, but rather the contrary; and that the ill Lives of Men, is no argument against the Religion they profess: And then I shall enquire how it comes to pass, that a Religion which carries so plain and convincing Evidence along with it, should yet by too many be difbelieved, or disregarded.
1. To the First thing, it might be sufficient to say, That the Number of