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providence, that in his system could certainly afford but little chearfulness to those who throughly imbibed it. I hope it has been shewn, in the following work, that the opinion much insisted on by him, and which raises the most melancholy suspicions of the deity, viz. that repentance alone is not sufficient to restore finful creatures to the favour of their maker, is as void of foundation in scripture, as it is contrary to all rational sentiments of the Divine Being, and to all just conclusions from reason and fact. What a door also does it open to the worst superstition, to be told that a return to sincere piety and virtue will not satisfy or appease the divine displeasure against sin? What evil is there, which the opinion of God not being in his own nature placable, hath not caused, both in the christian and

pagan worlds ?

It was tedious, though necessary, to repeat many things before noted, by myfelf and others, to fhew what a mistaken interpreter of fcripture the Dean of Canterbury is in his printed Discourses froin which I have made some few citations. But the change, (must not I call it !) which


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he has made in the obje&t of religious worMip, throughout the two volumes of his commentaries on the psalıns, will to many appear to exceed all belief; in his solemnly, and frequently, nay almost intirely addressing prayer to Jesus Christ, by name, whom he also stiles, God, Lord God, LORD of hosts, God of Israel. What will the unbeliever say' to this, done by an approved high dignitary of the church-established, when he looks into our facred books, and finds no such God there?

that beforka interne N. B. I have just now been informed,

tpesakond, mille op og net, was drie of the clerical assembly at Tennison's library, mentioned, p. 51. who united with others now also on the episcopal bench, to request a revisal of the articles and liturgy and forms of subscription of the church;

in the year 1772.

* The second proposed part of this work,

see p. 2. 3. is in good forwardness,
and will in due time be laid before
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Design of the work. Dr. Priestley's laudable mo

tives in addresing the youth of the universities. The real author of the letter to him under the name of an undergraduate.

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Subscription to the creeds and articles of the church,

a grievance long complained of. Archbishop Tillotson's wish concerning Athanasius's creed. Curious history of a contrary temper in the present day. Of Mr. Locke's sentiment. Of Dr. Clarke's. Of Mr. Whiston's. The candid disquisitions. The clerical petitioners at the Feathers. Clerical assembly at Tennison's library. Of Dr. Durell's sentiment. Of Bishop Lowth's.



Of Dr. Priestley's character, as a philosopher and


P. 60


Of the charges against Dr. Priestley for having

no fixed creed. Important truth 10t to be concealed. Offences

wrongly taken at Dr. Priestley's publication of the progress of his inquiries. Impartial inquirers bave no fixed creed. Service of Dr. Priestley's writings to the cause of the gospel. Reasons of Dr. Horne not seeing this,

p. 71



What is the just idea of the inspiration of the sa

cred writers. The certain ground upon which we go in this way of considering it; and its advantages.

Dr. Horne's error with respect to the particular inspiration of the writer of the epistle to the hebrews.

p. 85


Moses's account of the transgression of our first pa

rents, much misrepresented through the bias of wrong religious Systems. Ii is probable, accord


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