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S E R M O N I.
EXOD. xx. 3.
THOU SHALT HAVE NO OTHER GODS
HAT the heavens and all the host
of them, in which we observe so much magnificence and order; the earth, air, and sea, with their various and innumerable inhabitants, in which we see and experience so much use and beauty, are the workmanship of some superiour power, and the contrivance of a wisdom exceeding infinitely that of
mortal man; has been readily allowed by almost VOL. II. A
all persons in every nation and age. Trifing disputes may have been raised, and the appearance of opposition kept up; but to little effect, except the confirmation of the truth. For the doctrines of Priests, the opinions of Philosophers, the traditions of the Vulgar, unite in the support of each other; and all agree to establish this great article of our faith, That the world was made by a Divine Hand; that there is a God.
Mark xii. But then, that there is none other but he ;
that all things were made, and are governed by one alone, this is a point which has not been acknowledged so universally. The Unity of God has been unknown to the common people for many ages, in almost all nations; and the learned are but debating at this day, whether it can yet be proved by the light of nature.
But, suppose we should want a demonStration, that there is but one God; we
plainly have no grounds on which to build so much as a conjecture, that there are more.
In the frame of nature we discern the marks not only of design, but of uniformity; we see a connection between the parts, extending as far as we are able to carry our observations: which is an intimation to us that the Universe is One Whole.
This Whole indeed is too vast for our understanding to grasp; and the parts are tied together often by links too fine for our distinct inspection. Can Man comprehend the curious proportions, nice adjustments, the intricate and endless cooperations of every atom of worlds unnumbered through the immensity of Space? Yet even Man is not furnished with such dull organs, but that from his station in the midst of this awful dome of Rature, where all things, great and small,