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be convinced of them, and they will have the greater power and influence in the course of our Lives. For tho ? the Truth of the Christian Religion cannot, without great fin and ignorance, be doubted of by Christians ; yet it is a confirmation to our Faith, and adds a new Life and Vigour to our Devotions, when we recolle& upon what good Reasons we are Christians, and are not such by Custom and Education only, but upon Principles which we have throughly confidered, and must abide by, unless we will renounce our Reason with our Religion.

And what Subje& can be more use. ful, or more worthy of a rational and considering Man's Thoughts ? Thefe things, which are now made matter of Cavil and Dispute, will be the Subjeđ of our Contemplation, and of our Joy and Happiness to all Eternity in the other World. Wc shall then have clear and di

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ftin&t apprehenfions of the Means and Methods of our Salvation, and shall for ever admire and adore the Divine Wisdom, in the Condu& and Disposal of those very Things about which we now are most perplex'd.

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CH A P. I. That from the Notion of a God, it necessarily follows, that there must be some Divine Revelation.

HE Being of a God, evident to Natural
Reason, p. 3. That there are wicked Spi-

rits, Enemies to Mankind, p. 6. The miserable Condition of Man, without the Divine Dire&tion and Asistance, and that God would not leave him without all Remedy in this Condition, p. 8. The Judgment of St. Athanasius in the cafe,

p. 15. CH A P. II. The Way and Manner by which Divine Revelations

may be supposed to be delivered and preserved in

the World. The Manifestations of God's ordinary Providence in

fufficient, and therefore some extraordinary way of Revelation necessary, p. 19. The ways of extraordinary Revelation, either immediate Revelation to every particular Person; or to some only, with a Power of Miracles and Prophecies to enable them to communicate the Divine Will to others,

P. 20.

p. 20. I. It could not be requisite that God should

communicate himself by immediate Revelation to every one in particular, ibid. --H. Prophecies and

Mircles are the most fitting and proper means for God to discover and reveal himself to the World by, p. 29. (1.) concerning Prophecies, ibid. (2.) concerning Miracles, p. 33II. Divine

Revelations must be supposed to be preserved in the World by Writings, p. 43. IV. They must be of great Antiquity, P-44- Vo They-must be fully published and promulged,

p. 45 PART II.

CH A P. I. The Antiquity of the Scriptures. 'He Antiquity of the Scriptures. a circumstance

very considerable to prove them to be of Divine Revelation, p.48. They give an account of Divine Revelations made from the beginning of the World, ibid. What Mofes relates of things before his oron time, is certainly true ; and must have been discovered to be false, if it had been so, p. 5o.

CHA P. II. The Promulgation of the Scriptures. 1. In the first Ages of the World, the Revealed Will of

God was known to all Mankind, p. 58. II. In fucceeding Ages there has still been sufficient Means

and frequent Opportunities for all Nations to come in to the knowledge of it, p. 76. (1.) The Law of Moses did particularly provide

for the Inftruction of other Nations in the Revealed Religion, p. 77.

(2.) The Providence of God did so order and dif,pose of the Jews, that other Nations had frequent opportunities of becoming instructed in the True Re

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