The Sacred History of the World: As Displayed in the Creation and Subsequent Events to the Deluge; Attempted to Be Philosophically Considered, in a Series of Letters to a Son (Classic Reprint)

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Four years ago the author felt the want of abook like that which is now offered to the ublic in the following pages. At that period of his ife he wished a selected and concentrated view of such facts and reasonings on the creation, intellectual design, and divine economy of the world we inhabit, as would correspond with the other knowledge he was acquit ing; and which at the same time should be so con ceived and shaped as to suit the modern topics and style of thought and reasoning, in which the philo sophical subjects that interested him were beginning to be presented. Finding none at that time so col lected and represented as to satisfy his young cu riosity, or sufficiently adapted to meet the ideas and difficulties that were arising around him, he was obliged to make such outlines of this great subject, for his own information, as occasional studies and opportunities enabled him to form. Amid these sketches for his private use, a latent desire insensibly occurred to attempt at some part of his life to supply, for the service of others who should participate m these sentiments, what he found to be necessary for his own satisfaction. Gradually this wish increased into a more determining pu se, and has, as other motives concurred, produced t e resolution in his ma ture age of endeavouring, for the benefit of younger minds who may reason and feel as he did, to arrange.

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