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DISCOURSE VI. General Observations on the Evidence of the divine Mission of Moses - Page 125
DISCOURSE VII. Of the Miraculous Events from the Time of Joshua to the Babylonish Captivity 164
DISCOURSE VIII. . Of the Prophecies concerning the Dispersion
and Restoration of the Jews : 203
- DISCOURSE Ix. . Of the Miracles of Jesus • 242 in : DISCOURSE X. Of the Miracles of the Apostles - - 270
::: DISCOURSE XI.. On the Resurrection of Jesus
300 "DISCOURSE XII. A View of Revealed Religion - - 355 Appendix a
DISCOURSÉ . The Importance of Religion to enlarge
the Mind of Man. Every man who hath this hope in him puria fieth himself, even as he is pure.
i John, iii. . It is acknowledged that mani is superior to brute creatures, and that this superiority consists in his capacity of being much happier in himself, and in his power of contributing in a more eminent degree to the happiness of others; by which means he makes nearer approaches to his Maker, who is fupremely benevolent; and superlatively happy.
It is also well known, that this superiä ority in man, with respect to his power of
enjoying enjoying and communicating happiness, depends upon the superiority of his mental faculties, by which he is capable of greater comprehension of mind, of taking into his view more of the past and of the future along with the present; so that his ideas are more complex, and farther removed from mere sensible objects. In consequence of this, the happiness of man does not depend upon his present sensations, but is of more stable nature; and his resolutions and actions do not depend upon variable circumstances, but he can pursue an uniform plan of conduct, without being diverted from it by the events of the hour, or of the day.
This superior comprehension of mind cannot, however, in the nature of things, be attained by man without a state of progressive improvement, beginning with the condition of a brute animal, merely impressed by sensible objects, and impelled to action by those impressions, as children are ; because these impressions are the elements of all our knowledge, and of all our powers in future life ; and there is no true'wisdom