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OR, AN ATTEMPT TO DISPLAY

BY INTERNAL TESTIMONY,

THE

EVIDENCE AND EXCELLENCE

OF

REVEALED RELIGION.

WITH

AN APPENDIX,
ON MR. PAINE'S PAMPHLET, ON PRAYER, ETC.

BY VICESIMUS KNOX, D. D.
LATE FELLOW OF ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE, OXFORD;

AND NOW MASTER OF TUNBRIDGE SCHOOL.

Hoc Philosophiæ genus in affectibus situm est, verius quam in sylloa

gismis ; vita est magis, quam disputatio; Afflatus potius quam
eruditio; transformatio magis, quam ratio. ERASMUS.
Tantum esto docilis et multum in bậc Philosophia promovisti. Ipsa

suppeditat Doctorem Spiritum, qui nulli sese subentius impertit,
quàm simplicibus animis. At rursum ita non deest infimis, ut
summis etiam sit admirabilis. Quid autem aliud est Christi
Philosophia, quam ipse Renascentiam vocat, quam instauratio
bentè condive nature.

IBID.
ΠΝΕΥΜΑ ΖΩοποΙΟΥΝ, ,

1 Cor. xv. 45.

FIRST AMERICAN EDITION,
WITH A TRANSLATION OF ALL THE GREEK, LATIN, ETG.

QUOTATIONS, ANNEXED.

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PREFACE.

As

every attempt to illustrate and recommend opinions on RELIGION, which oppose prejudices, is peculiarly obnoxious to the misconceptions of the ignorant, the misrepresentation of the malevolent, and the rash censure of the thoughtless ; (who rudely and hastily condemn, what they scarcely allow themselves even time to understand;) I think it proper to entreat all who honour this book with any degree of their attention, duly to consider the AUTHORITIES, human as well as scriptural, on which it is founded; and not to reject doctrines in which their own happiness is most deeply concerned, till they shall have invalidated those authorities, and proved themselves superior in sagacity, learn. ing, and piety, to the great men whose sentiments I have cited in support of my own.

. Let the firm phalanx of surrounding authorities be first fairly routed, before the opponents level their arrows, even bitter words, at him who, in these papers, ventures to en

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