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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 - i

LETTER II.

Early corruption of the principles of natural 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 6 mytho

mythological fable and Scriptural history — The events related in the latter clearly explained 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 cf 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

LETTER III.

Of the harmony which appears between the ordinary 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 into the covenant the deliberate act of their own free will — The astonishing disp'ay 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

LETTER IV.

A knowledge of the Old Testament of great importance 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 — Difficulty of extirpating idolatrous worship — Power

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•f example and of fashion over the opinions and conduct — The apostacy not universal - n*

LETTER V.

The general scope and design of Scriptural history — 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 — 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 promulgation 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

ciple of action — Knowledge of the Divine natur and government afforded by the Gospel — Of the superior motives which it supplies for the 6trict performance of duty — Of the obligations which it imposes on believers'— to superior virtue — Means afforded for its attainment — Piety favourable to benevolence - 105

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 cf 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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