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It is a revelation of pardon, which, as sinners, we all need. Still more, it is a revelation of human immortality ; a doctrine, which, however undervalued amidst the bright anticipations of inexperienced youth, is found to be our strength and consolation, and the only effectual spring of persevering and victorious virtue, when the realities of life bave scattered our visionary hopes; when pain, disappointment, and temptation press upon us ; when this world's enjoyments are found unable to quench that deep thirst of happiness which burns in every breast; when friends whom we love as our own souls, die ; and our own graves open before us.—To all who hear me, and especially to my young hearers, I would say, let the truth of this religion be the strongest conviction of your understandings ; let its motives and precepts sway with an absolute power your characters and lives.

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CAUSES

OF THE PROGRESS OF

LIBERAL CHRISTIANITY

IN NEW ENGLAND.

SECOND EDITION.

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CAUSES, &c.

WHERE a people for a long succession of years have been making a steady, continual and unexampled progress in religious inquiry, it is but reasonable to refer it to causes deeply seated in those institutions which distinguish them from other nations, and in their fixed and peculiar habits of thinking and acting. The history of religious opinions in this section of our country presents, as I conceive, a striking illustration of the justness of this remark. Never has there been a change greater or more remarkable ; but the careful and attentive observer will be able to trace it, without much difficulty, to the operation of the same general causes, to which we are likewise indebted for almost every thing else, that distinguishes the condition, or the character, of the people of New England. I have thought it would be useful to consider some of these causes; and to point out the bearing and influence they have had on the progress of Liberal Christianity.

I do not mean by this, that the progress of Liberal Christianity has been confined to a particular spot. Ow

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