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Toetaine, François Marie Arouet de.
FOR THE POCKET.
Written in FRENCH by
A SOCIETY OF MEN OF LETTERS,
And Translated into ENGLISH from
The last GENEVA Edition, corrected by the AUTHORS.
A REFUTATION of such Paffages as are any way
exceptionable in regard to RELIGION.
HE great noise which the following work
has made in foreign parts, on account of the author's freedom in regard to matters of religion, may pröbably occasion some people to be offended with the publication of it in English. But an exception of this kind must surely be the effect of prejudice, and is impossible to be defended upon the principles of reason and philofaphy. True religion is not afraid of bearing the strictest examination; the attacks of infidels, instead of weakening her authority, rather contribute to her triumphs. She is ever ready to bear what her adversaries bave to oppofe ; and calmly endeavours to refute their errors. This is a maxim agreeable to found sense, and the contrary doctrine is calculated only for the meridian of the inquisition.
It must be acknowledged, however, that in writings of this fort, fome regard ought to be Shewn to the illiterate and the vulgar; neither is it fit that their minds should be unbinged in their affent to the true religion. This indulgence to the public is shewn in the following translation, which has been undertaken chiefly to prevent the work from being rendered into English by some other hand, who would perhaps have been glad of the opportunity of spreading its errors. Care bas therefore been taken to make proper flrictures on