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ESSAY ON RATIONALISM,

AS SHOWN

IN THE INTERPRETATION OF SCRIPTURE;

AND OTHER ESSAYS

ON ECCLESIASTICAL SUBJECTS.

ESSAY CO

ON RATIONALISM, ::

AS SHOWN

IN THE INTERPRETATION OF SCRIPTUREI.

CHAPTER I.

INTRODUCTORY.

THE UNIVERSALITY OF RATIONALISM.

No one who has made a study of his own heart can be altogether ignorant of the temptation he lies under to attach undue weight to human experience in the interpretation of Scripture, nor altogether free from apprehension lest he should in some points have unconsciously yielded to it. Yet few perhaps are fully aware of the extent to which this temptation influences them, and of the various and subtle disguises under which it presents itself. In the Protestant part of Christendom especially, it seems at the present day to exercise a sway almost universal; though the effects it produces on different minds are very dissimilar, and in some points of view even directly opposite.

i [Written, as it would appear, at Barbadoes, in 1834.] VOL. I.

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