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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 PB,AYEH, ETC.

By VICESIMUS KNOX, D. D.

1ATE FELLOW OF ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE, OXFORD;
AXO NOW MASTER OF TUNBR1DGE SCHOOL.

Hoc Philosopbix genua in affectibus situm est, verius quam in sylln.
gismis; vita est magis, qudm disputatio; Afflatus potius quam
eruditio; transformatio magis, quam ratio. Erasmus.

Tantum esto docitis et multum in bdc Pbilosophia promovisti. Ipsa
suppeditat Doctorem Spiritum, qui nulli sese tubentius impertit,
quam simplicibus animis. At rursum ita non deest infimis, ut
summis etiam sit admirabilis. ?>uid autem aliud est Cbristi
Pbilosophia, quam ipse Renascentiam meat, quam instauratio
bente condue naturae. Ibib.
Jinetma ZnonOIOTfN, l Cor.xv. 45.

FIRSt AMERICAN EDITION,

WITH A TRANSLATION OF ALL THE GREEK, LATIN, ETC.
QUOTATIONS, ANNEXED.

PHILADELPHIA .*

PUBLISHED BY EMMOR KIMBER, NO. 170,
SOUTH SECOND-STREET.

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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, learning, 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, him who, in these papers, ventures to en

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