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revealed religion, but occasionally to carry the war into the
country of the enemy himself. By such a process it will
be found, that to reject revelation evinces more credulity
than to retain it: because the difficulties attendant upon
unbelief are greater than the difficulties attendant upon
belief. p. 1.
I. A statement of the possible grounds and reasons of Infi-
delity. p. 2.
1. A discussion of the first possible ground, that a reve-
lation from heaven cannot, in the very nature of
things, take place. p. 4.
2. A discussion of the second possible ground, that a
revelation from heaven is in itself so improbable an
occurrence that it beggars all credibility. p. 4.
3. A discussion of the third possible ground, that the
evidences, upon which our reception of a system
claiming to be a divine revelation is demanded, are
so unsatisfactory, that they are insufficient to com-
mand our reasonable assent. p. 7.
4. A discussion of the fourth possible ground, that nu-
merous objections exist in the case of each system
claiming to be a divine revelation ; which objections
cannot be answered. p. 8.
rejection of all revelation from God. p. 21.
Deism presents so many difficulties, that, unless they can be
satisfactorily removed, the presumption will be, that a
revelation from God to man has actually been made. p. 21.
I. Though the deist may be able to prove from the frame of
the world, that it must have been created, he is unable
that it was created by one only God. p. 22.
II. If it be allowed to him for the sake of argument, that
there is one only God, he is unable to demonstrate the
moral attributes of that being. p. 26.
1. He cannot demonstrate the justice of God. p. 27.
2. He cannot demonstrate the mercy of God. p. 31.
3. He cannot demonstrate the goodness of God. p.
III. Thus unable to demonstrate the moral attributes of God,
he is of necessity ignorant what service will be pleas-
ing to him. p. 37.
IV. All these difficulties in the deistical scheme draw after
them the crowning difficulty, that God, whose works
evince his wisdom, yet acted so unwisely as to place
his creature man in the world without giving him the
least instruction or information relative to his duty.
the present time, perfectly agrees. p. 66.
(3.) The necessary inference from such facts. p. 67.
actually accomplished prophecy. p. 76.
The prediction, selected as a specimen of the argument from
accomplished prophecy, shall be that of Moses respecting
the future destinies and fortunes of the Jews. p. 76.
I. Abstract of the prophecy. p. 78.
II. View of the accomplishment of the prophecy. p. 80.
1. Its accomplishment has taken place in all the nume-
rous particulars of which it is composed. p. 80.
(1.) The first particular. p. 81.
(2.) The second particular. p. 82.
(3.) The third particular. p. 83.
(4.) The fourth particular. p. 84.
(5.) The fifth particular. p. 84.
(6.) The sixth particular. p. 85.