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Gen. i. 5, 8, 13, &c.
Ps. xxxi. 13
Acts xvi. 14
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found in the economy of the world."
PREF A C E.
The mode of reasoning adopted in the following pages is founded on the celebrated work of Bishop Butler, entitled “ The Analogy of Religion, Natural and Revealed, to the Constitution and Course of Nature." It is almost impossible to estimate too highly that splendid production of piety and genius. Indeed it may be truly said, that had the Church of England defended the outworks of the Christian Faith by no other human means than the labours of Butler and of Paley, she would have amply deserved the lasting thanks of all the Christian world.
The work, however, to which reference has been now made, is rendered unfit for general readers by the abstruseness of its reasoning and the conciseness of its style. Nor does it sufficiently enter into detail. It takes large and comprehensive views of objections, but does not much condescend to particulars. It is, in fact, rather a mine of gold than the gold itself separated from the ore, and brought into common
It appeared therefore to the writer of the present volume, that he might do some benefit to the Christian world, if he should publish a work more popular in its language, and more particular and specific in its detail : if he should touch directly on passages of Scripture, which have fallen under the censures of sceptical reasoners; and if he should do so in the order in which such passages occur in Scrip
There seemed to him also no need to distract the reader's attention by attempting an answer to the objections which are usually adduced against Natural Religion. He has therefore simplified his task by confining his remarks to objections made to Revealed Religion. And his object has been to transfer every difficulty