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SION COLLEGE

LIBRARY.

SOLD BY ORDER OP TOE
PRESIDENT AND GOVERNORS 1938.

Lib. Comm.
Hodgson
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CONTENTS.

Mr. Hume's objection against the possibility of mira,

cles examined---his dogmatism .censured--- The mis-
chievous tendency of infidelity---the unreasonable-
ness and inhumanity of endeavouring to weaken the
most powerful motives to virtue, and to destroy the
best springs of consolation--- The beneficial tendency a
strong confirmation of its divine original--- The dis-
pute concerning the person difficult, but of little mo-
ment---Nothing absurd or unreasonable in the belief
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mankind---its good effects extensive, even beyond
the limits of Christian faith ---The religious princi-
ple universally the same; religious forms various---
the tendency of Christianity to simplify religion---
the Christian faith early embraced by enlightened
men---Christian ethics not inconsistent with the in-
terests and duties of society---The death of Christ a
great example---in what sense it was an attonement,
doubtful--- The rapid spread of Christianity a proof
of its truth.

LETTER XCV.

Of the establishment of Christianity under Constantine

---hence the abolition of gladiatorial exhibitions---
of exposing children---of slavery---and of immoral
superstitions--- The moral tendency of Christianity
alone sufficient to recommend it---its spirit not in-
consistent with vigorous exertions in active life---
its laws productive of human perfection and felicity.

LETTER XCVI.

The religious wars among Christians not to be imputed

to Christianity, but to the ambition of its professors
---The piety taught by Christianity rational and sub-
lime---its religious institutions simple and useful---
not answerable for corruptions introduced by bigo-
try or avarice---makes its appeal to reason---cn the
mere ground of authority, respectably supported---
Ridicule not the test to which the truth of Christianity
should be brought---its first propagation neither en-
thusiastic, nor compulsory, but rational---Meritori-
ous character of its first missionaries.

LETTER

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tian Rome---Origin and use of sacred statues among

the ancients, and of images of saints in the Ro-

mish church---superstitious practices respecting them

---Origin of the doctrine of transubstantiation---of

the Inquisition--- State of knowledge among the

Christians and the Arabians compared---Destructive

effects of intolerance in the Christian world.

LETTER XCIX.

Monastic seclusion from the world founded on false no-

tions of Christian-perfection---social enjoyment in-

nocent---active service meritorious---society the

school of virtue, as well as the field of happiness---

gloomy fanaticism injurious to the cause of Christi-

anity --- regard to public opinion one of the chief

springs of action--- Intellectual pursuits chiefly valu-

able

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