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per- suade a|iy rational person that impiety is the greatest felly, and ii^reiigion, madness^ It cannot be thenr but matter of great pity to consider th M: any persons^ whose birth and education hath raisied them ibbove the common people of the world,: should he so hr their o^n enemies, as to observe the faahion more than th^ rules of reli- ^n, and to study oopip Umenta more than them- X THR EPISTLE DEDICATORIY. Can the profession of that be honourable, whose practice is not ? Sir, to what an unexpected length my desire to vindicate the honour, as well as trutl^ of religion, hath drawn out this present address; But I may sooner hope for your pardon in it, than if I had spent so much paper aftdr the usual man^ uer of dedications, in representing you to yourself or the world. It is neither to satisfy the importunity of friends^ npr to prevent false copies, (which and such like excuses I know are expected in usual prefaces,) that I have adventured abroad this following treatise $ but it is out of a just re- sentment of the affronts and indignities which have been cast on religion, by such who account it a matter of judgment to disbelieve the Scriptures, and a piece of wit to dispute themselves out of the possibility of being happy in another world. And certainly nothing hath oftener forbid the banns between the umfentanding and truth enquired after, than partiality and prebocupation of judgment, which makes men en- quire more diligently after the dowry than the beauty of truth ; its correspondency to their interests, than its evi- dence to their understandings. 7 kept the keys of the mind for free admission, when impor- CHAP, tant truths, but contrary to men's preconceptions or inter- ^' est, have been forbidden entrance.
If 4he principles be true^ why care they not practised ? Sir, I know you have too much of that I have been commending, to delight in your own deserved praises, much less in flatteries^ which so benign a subject might easily make one's pen run over in. When yet the more acute and sub- tle their arguments are, the greater their strength is against themselves ; it being impossible there should be so much wit and subtlety in the souls of men^ ^ere they not of a more excellent nature than ihey imagine them to be. Prejudice is the wrong bias of the soul, that ef Tectually keeps it from coming near the mark of truth ; nay, sets it at the greatest dis* tance from it.
Astrology, and the Founda- tion of Judicial Astrcidgy. Of the Zabii, their Founder, who they were; no other than the old Chaldees. VUL Which may be a most probable reason, why philoso- phy and idolatry did increase so much together as they dia ; for though right reason, fully improved, would have overthrown all those cursed and idolatrous^ practices among the Heathens ; yet reason, only discerning some general notions, without their particular application and improvement, did only dispose the most ordmary sort of people to a more ready entertainment of the most gross idolatry.
For Plato in as Plato tell us, tf fsrearra h^fuspypiv ^voftareov ihai, o XAa /xo Voir Cratylo. But however this be, we have this fur-^ ther evidence of that height of knowledge which must be supposed in the first man, that as he was the first in his kind, so he was to be the standard and measure of all that fol« lowed, and therefore could not want any thing of the due perfections of human nature.
Google This is a digital copy of a book that was preserved for generations on library shelves before it was carefully scanned by Google as part of a project to make the world's books discoverable online. The great Unreasonablenesf of Atheism demonstrated. Of the Hypotheses of the Aristotelian and Epicurean Atheists. |xe«oy rhv atro Sximy Ta ei$ to t§ ^wo-f i ovof Mi w kicigxf, the imp O" Ed*F^cin. fuerunt illis vera etgermana nomina, et rerum naturis pnh- cap. And as the shekel of the sanctuary was, if not double to others, (as men ordinarily mistake,) yet of a full and exact weight, because it was to be the standard for all other weights, (which was the cause of its being kept in the temple,) so if the first nian had not double the proportion and measure of knowledge which his posterity hath, if it was not running over m regard of abundance, yet it must be pressed down and shaken together in regard of weight; else he would be a very unfit standard for us to judge by, concerning the due and suitable perfections of human nature. But we need not have run so far back as the first man^ ORIGINES SACR^.
It has survived long enough for the copyright to expire and the book to enter the public domain. si Hon of names on things belongs not to every one, but onlyta him that hath a full prospect into their several natures. 5 to evince the knowledge of truth to be the most natural chap.
xv world ; and with greater particularity than hath yet been tised, I have insisted on the persons of Moses, and the prophets^ our Saviour and his Apostles^ and in every of them manifested the rational evidences on which they were to be believed, not only by the men of their own age, but by those of succeeding generations. • For the general knowledge of a Divine nature, supposing men ignorant of the true God, did only lay a foundation to erect his idolatrous temples upon ; and the b^ief of the soul's sur- viving the boay after death, without knowledge of the true way of attaining happiness, did make men more eager of embracing those rites and ceremonies^ which B4 8 ORIGINBS SACRi E.
In the third book I have insisted on the matters themselves, which are either supposed by, or revealed in the Scrip- tures ; and have therein not only manifested the certainty of the foundations of all religion, which lie in the being of God and immortality of the soul, but the undoubted truth of those particular accounts concerning the origin of the universe, of evil, and of nations, which were most liable to the Atheist's exceptions, and have therein con- sidered all the pretences of philosophy ancient or modem, which have seemed to contradict any of them ; to which \a\^d^. BOOK came with a pretence of shewing the way to a blessed ^'' immortality.
Whether a book is in the public domain may vary country to country. But something further seems to be intended Mercer Dsinin their first imposition; whence the Jews- call it n^l XI Gen. For so pleasing is the enquiry, and so satisfattory the finding of truth after the search, that the relish of it doth far exceed the great- ^t epicurism of Apicius, or the most costly entertain- ments of Cleopatra ; there being no gust so exquisite as that of the mmd, nor any jewels to be compared with troth.
Refrain fivm automated querying Do not send automated queries of any sort to Google's system: If you are conducting research on machine translation, optical character recognition or other areas where access to a large amount of text is helpful, please contact us. It may justly seem strange, that true religion, which contains nothing in it but what is truly THE EPISTLE DEDICATORY. Prom all which the rational Evidence of Divine Revelation is manifested, as to the Persons whom God employs to teach the World. whence come so many ppttenders to knowledge, to court a cloud instead of Juno ?
We encourage the use of public domain materials for these purposes and may be able to help. v noble and generous^ most rational and pleasing to the spirits of all good men, should yet suffer so much in its esteem in the world, through those strange and uncouth vizards it is represented un- der: some accounting the life and practice of it, as it speaks subduing our wills to the will of God, (which is the substance of all religion,) a thing too low and mean for their rank and condition in the world ; while others pretend a quarrel against the principles of it, as unsatisfactory to human rea- son. cles of Christ, as to the Propagation of Christian Religion : that proved from the Condition of the Publishers, and the Success of the Doctrine. The Unreasonableness of rejecting the Evidence from Miracles, imeause of Impostors. Divine Miracles leave Divine Effects on those who he» Ueve them. to pretend a love to truth, and yet to fall down and worship error ?
TO WHICH IS ADDED PART OF ANOTHER BOOK UPON THE SAME SUBJECT, LEFT UNFINISHED BY THE AUTHOR. Is there nothing inore becoming and agreeable to the soul of triain in eatemjdary )pieky, and a holy, THE EPISTLE DEni GAt ORY. Is it not more truly honourable and glorious to serve that . Jewels do not use to lie upon the surface of the earth : highways are seldom paved with gold ; what is most worth our finding, calls for the great- est search.
v U wc Jl^Mrdered: conversation^ than the lightness and YMity (not to say ilidene«» and debaucheries) of those whom the world accounts the greatest gat* la»tt^ l» /there nothing more graceful and pleasing in the sweetness, candour^ and ingenuity of a tnriy CSuistiau temper b^ disposition, than in the reve^Qgeful,^ implaeable. God who cooimands tbe world, than to be a slave to/those passions and lusts which put men upon continual hard service, and torment them for it when they have done it ? (1.) The JPahulousfiess of the poetical age of' Gi Qere. If one that walks the streets should find some inestimable jewel, or one that travels the road meet with a bag of gold, it would be but a silly design of any to walk the street, or travel the road, in hopes to meet with such a purchase to make them rich.