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NORWICH:

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JOSEPH JOHN GURNEY.

EN TOTTOIE ISOI. I Tim. iv, 15.

LONDON:

PUBLISHED BY J. AND A. ARCH, CORNHILL, AND

HAMILTON, ADAMS & CO. PATERNOSTER ROW; W. ALEXANDER & SON, YORK;

A.CONSTABLE & CO. EDINBURGH; & S.WILKIN, NORWICH.

1825.

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PREFACE.

The subject of Christianity—a subject of infinite interest and importance—appears to admit of a natural division into three parts: first, the evidences on which is established the divine authority both of our religion itself, and of those sacred writings in which it is recorded : secondly, the doctrines revealed in the Holy Scriptures and constituting the great system of divine truth: thirdly, the practical principles, through the operation of which in the soul, the Gospel of Jesus Christ produces for mankind its legitimate results-righteousness here, and eternal happiness hereafter.

Such is the order in which the subject is treated, in the volume now presented to the attention of the public.

The first four essays of the work will be found to contain a brief, elementary, statement of the principal evidences, which prove the fundamental proposition, that Christianity is the religion of God. My argument, under this head, will be found to relate, first, to the genuineness of the New Testament;

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