IV. The second of these points involves the discussion of a
much litigated topic, whether the doctrine of a future
state was known under the Patriarchal and Levitical
I. The system of Bishop Warburton, that the Israelites were
ignorant of a future state, required him to maintain,
that their predecessors during the patriarchal ages
were also ignorant of it: and this, to preserve the
compactness of his system, further required him to
maintain, that those of the patriarchal ages were con-
signed to the guidance of natural religion and were
placed under the rule of an equal Providence. p. 12.
1. We have no proof from Scripture, that the early in-
habitants of the world lived under an equal or
miraculous Providence. p. 14."
2. We have no reason to believe from Scripture, that
man after the fall was placed under the tuition of
natural religion. p. 16.
II. It may be established, on the direct authority of Scripture,
that those of the patriarchal ages must have known
and believed the doctrine of a future retributory state.
1. The translation of Enoch. p. 19.
2. The preaching of Enoch. p. 25.
3. The testimony of the Epistle to the Hebrews. p. 28.
III. Bishop Warburton, in order to escape from these difficul-
ties, maintains, that the doctrine of a future state was