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peculiar to many of their dogmas — Whence derived — Mysteries connected with certain parts of revelation — Their gradual developement — Analogous to that of the human faculties — Views of Providence presented in the Bible, clear in all that relates to religious and moral duty-Objections to revelation originate in the limitation of the human mind — Docility recommended — An arrogant spirit inimical to every species of improvement

LETTER II.

Early corruption of the principles of natural mythological fable and Scriptural history The events related in the latter clearly ex. plained by their reference to the Messiah History of the promises made to our first parents after the fall to Noah - to Abraham The covenant made with Abraham predictive of the Messiah - Gracious condescension of the Almighty, in attaching to every promise of that event predictions concerning events speedily to be accomplished, and which, in their accomplishment, afforded a convincing proof of the Divine veracity – Of the promised land - The manifestation of Moses — Miracles necessary to the establishment of his autho. rity • • • • • • • 22

religion - Of the truths communicated by immediate revelation to the Jews - Knowledge of the Supreme Being — Of his providence and government – The relation established between religious belief and moral obligation – The brevity of the Scriptures an evidence of their authenticity -A reason assigned for the little information contained in them respecting the first ages of mankind -- Incapacity of the human mind to form distinct conceptions of a state wholly removed from human experience Illustration of the supposed analogy between

mytho.

LETTER III.

Of the harmony which appears between the or. into the covenant the deliberate act of their own free will — The astonishing display of the Divine power and majesty made to them after they had declared their determination to serve the Lord — Sublime description of the giving of the law - Solemnity with which it was accompanied - The first principle of all religion confirmed - Unity of the Godhead declared Worship of God established — His name to be reverenced - A seventh part of time to be devoted to the remembrance of the great Creator ,- Beneficial consequences of the institution of the Sabbath . . . . . 45

dinary and extraordinary dispensations of Providence – The works of nature considered as a revelation of the Divine power and wisdom State of religious belief at the time of Moses Sensible evidences of revelation necessary to afford conviction to the Jews - Their entering a 3

into

LETTER IV.

A knowledge of the Old Testament of great im

portance towards forming distinct views of the Christian dispensation - The truths communicated-by revelation illustrative of those which had been acknowledged by reason - Weakness of human reason shewn in the universal prevalence of idolatry -- Nature of the laws delivered to the Jews by Moses - Nature of the rewards and punishments announced Diffi. culty of extirpating idolatrous worship - Power

of example and of fashion over the opinions and conduct - The apostacy not universal - 70

LETTER V.

The general scope and design of Scriptural his.

tory - In what respect distinguished from other history - Of the prophecies – Of the character of the prophets – individuality of their style and manner - their general harmony and agreement — Unity of design manifest in the progress of revelation - Exact fulfilment of - the prophetic denunciations against the Jews and

The judgments denounced by Moses on the disobedient, temporal and national - those of the Gospel individual and eternal - 86

LETTER VI.

Different circumstances attending the promulgaciple of action - Knowledge of the Divine natur and government afforded by the Gospel — Of the superior motives which it supplies for the strict performance of duty - Of the obliga. tions which it imposes on believers — to superior virtue - Means afforded for its attainment - Piety favourable to benevolence · 105

tion of the Mosaic law and the Gospel – In what a true and salutary belief in the Christian system consists — Faith shewn to be a prin

LETTER VII.

The pure morality of the Gospel conformable to

the sentiments of the most enlightened philosophers of antiquity - Superiority of our Saviour's precepts - Of the light thrown by the Gospel upon the Divine government – The Christian system promotive of human happiness — favourable to the benevolent affections – The doctrine of brotherly love, and mutual forgiveness — Difficulty of forgiveness examined - Faith shewn to be essential for enabling the mind to obtain a complete controul over the selfish and vindictive passions - Partial efforts of obedience shewn to be alike ineffectual under the Mosaic as under the Christian dispensation - - - - - - 130

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