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and triumph upon that which they conceive is
so miserably overcome : but alas the Victory is
over themselves, nothing is either the more or
the less true for their believing or disbelieving
it, and Religion is always the same, how pro-
fanely foever it may be spoken of.

We have no design to impose upon any Man's
Faith; but if there be Reason in what we say,
it may well be expected from Reasonable Men,
that they should hearken to Reason. Religion is
Reason and Philosophy, as the Fathers often
speak, the best and truest Philosophy. And I am
persuaded, how much foever I may have fail'd in
the Performance, that the Christian Religion is-
capable of being prov'd with such clear and full
Evidence, even to ordinary Understandings, as
· to make all Pretences of arguing against it, ap-
pear to be as ridiculous as they are impious.

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Ref. pag. 6. Marg. l. 4. r. Populo. p. ir. 1.4. t. clxxviii. p. 13.

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1.9. (from the bottom) r. intus.
Book. pag. 75. 1. 7. r. fer. X. II. p. 89. 1. 17. r. Generation.
p. 103. l. ult. r. Epiltle was. p. 104. l. 1. f. had 'r. was. p. 134.
1. 2. (from bottom) f. have r. hath Thewn. p. 213. 1. 6. r. word.
p. 146. Marg. r. Autolych. p. 343. I. 21. r. Disciple. p. 381. 1. 7.
F. Grace. p. 474. l. 7. (from botcom ) r. Amelius. p. 484. Marg.
5. wavusug eis Bebun. dog. B. p. 486. 1.4. r. Philoponus. p. 492.
1. 2. for lying, r. dying. p. 496. l. 10. r. hath.

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Of Humane Reason.

THE

HE Divine Authority of the Scriptures being proved

in the First Book, such Points are cleared in the Se-

cond as are thought most liable to exception in the Christian

Religion : But before Men venture upon Objections against

the Scripture, it is fit for them to consider the strength and

compafs of their own Faculties, and the manifold Defeets of

Humane Reason. p. 1. In some things, each side of a Contra-

di£tion seems to be demonstrable, p. 3. Every Man be-

lieves, and has the Experience of several things, which in the

Theory, and Speculative Notion of them, would seem as in-

credible, as any thing in the Scriptures can be supposed to be,

p.9. Those who disbelieve and reje&t the Mysteries of Re-

ligion, must believe things much more incredible, p.19.

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of Inspiration.

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LL motion of material things is derived from Godz.

the Immaterial, as that he a&t's upon the Material

part of the World; and that He may more powerfully

upon the Wills and Understandings of some Men than of o-

thers, p. 22. Wherein the Inspiration of the Writers of the

Scriptures did confift, and how far it extended, p. 24.

Such Inferences from thence, as may afford a sufficient An-

swer to the Obječtions alledged upon this Subject, p.31. The

Inspiration of the Writers of the Scriptures, did not exclude

Humane Means, as information in Matters of Fałt, &c.

ibid. · It did not exclude the use of their own Words

and Style, p. 32. Tho' some things are set down in the

Scripture

Scripture indefinitely, and without any positive Assertion er Determination; this is no proof against their being written by Divine Inspiration, p. 33. In things which might fall under Humane Prudence and Observation, the Spirit of God seems to have used only a directive Power and Influence, p. 35. This infallibe Assistance was not permanent and habitual, p. 37. It did not prevent Personal Failings, p. 38. No Passage or Circumstance in the Scripture Erroneous, ibid.

CHAP. III. of the Style of the Holy Scriptures. THE HE Grammatical Construction and Propriety of Speech,

p. 40. Those, which are look'd upon as Defects in the Scripture-Style, were usual in the most approved Heathen Authors, ibid. Metaphors and Rhetorical Schemes and Figures, p. 44. The Style different of different Nations, p. 45. The Titles of Kings, p. 46. What Arts were used by Orators, to raise the passions, ibid. That they sometimes read their Speecbes, p. 48. The Figurative Expressions of the Prophets, and their Types and Parables were suitable to the Customs of the places and Times zoherein they liv’d, p.49. Several things related as Matter of fact, are only Parabolical Descriptions or Representations, p. 50. The Prophetick Schemes of Speech, uJual with the Eastern Nations, p. 52. The want of diftinguifhoing the Persons speaking, bas been a great Cause of misunderstanding the Scriptures, p. 53. The Antiquity and various ways of Poetry, ibid. The Metaphorical and Figurative use of Words, in speaking of the Works and Attributes of God, p. 56. The Decorum or Suitableness of the Matter in the Style of Scripture, p. 63. The Method, p. 69. Some Books of Scripture, admirable for their Style, p. 71. Why the Style not alike excellent in all the Books of Scripture, P: 74.

CHAP. IV. Of the Canon of the Holy Scriptures. A Books of Holy Scripture no Prejudice to thereft,p.77.

The uncontroverted Books contain all things necessary to Salvation, p. 78. The Dispute concerning the Apochry pha, falls not here under Confideration, p. 82. No Supe pression or Alteration of the Books of the Old Testa inents by Idolatrows Kings, &c. ibid. The Book of the Lam, in the Hand-Writing of Moses, found in the Reign of Josiah; p. 82. No Books but those which were written

by Inspiration, received by the Jews into their Canon, p. 83. What Opinion the Ten Tribes hud of the Books of the Prophets, &c. p. 87. Neither the Samaritans, nor the Sadduces rejea Eted any of the Books of the Old Testament, p. 88. Of the Books, whereof mention is made in the 0. Tests ibid. Why the Books of the Prophets have the Names of the Authors expresid, and that there was not the Jame Reason, that the Names of the Authors of the Hiá ftorical Books should be express’d, p. 99. A wonders ful Providence manifest in the preservation of the Books of the Old Test. for so many Ages , ibid.' The New

Teft. confirms the Old, p.91. The Caution of the Chris stian Church in admitting Books into the Canon, P. 926 The Primitive Christians had sufficient means to examinez and distinguish the Genuine and inspired Writin s from the Apochryphal or Spurious , p. 93. The Gospel of St. Matthew in Hebrew, how long preserved, p. 966

The Greek Version of it , ibid. The Canon of Scripturé finished by St. John, and the Books of the other Evange: lifts, &c. reviewed by him, p.97. The Testimony of the Adversaries of our Religion, p. 98. Copies of great

Ans tiquity still extant, ibid. How it came to pass, that the Anthority of some Books was at first doubted of, p. 99. The Canon had been fixʼd and confirmed in Councils int Tertullian's time, p. 194. The Canon of Scripturé ges merally received by Christians of all Sects and Parties i

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CHAP. V.
Of the various Readings in the Old and New Testament.
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N extradinary Providence manifest in the prefero

vation of the Scriptures from such Casualties, as have befallen other Books, p. 118. The Defet in the Hebrew Vowels, and the late invention of the Points "no prejudice to the Authority of the Bible, p. 119. The change of the old Hebrew Characters into that now in use, is no prejudice to the Authority of the Hebrew Text, p.122. The Keri, and the Ketib, no prejudice to it, ib. The Difference between the Hebrew Text and the Septuagint, and other Versions, or between the Versions themselves, no way prejudicial to the Authority of the Scriptures, p. 124. It is confessed by the greatest Criticks, both Protestants and Papists, that no difference is to be found in the several copies of the Bible, which can prejudice the Fundamental Points of Religion, or weaken the Authority of the Scriptures, p. 127. No tess may be faie in behalf of the New Testament than of the old. The great Care and Reverence which the Primitive Chriftians had for the Books of it. Hereticks could not corrupt the Text, and pass undiscovered to the Orthodox, or even by orber Hereticks, p. 130.

C H A P. VI.
Of the Difficulties in Chronology, in the Holy Scriptures.
TH
He uncertainty of Chronology in general, p. 135.

Differences in Chronology, do not infer uncertainty in the Matters of Fact themselves, ibid. They do not infer , that there was any Chronological Mistake made by the Pen-men of the Holy Scriptures, p. 138. The total term of Years is not always exactly distinguifhed from all the Particulars, of which it is composed ; and this has been the occasion of Mistakes in Chronology, ibid. Another occasion of Mistakes has been, that sometimes the Principal Number is set down, and the odd or leffer Number is omitted, which is added to the principal Number in other places, p. 139. Sometimes an Epocha is mi

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