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ADDRESSED

TO THE DAUGHTER

OF

A Nobleman,

ON THE

FORMATION OF RELIGIOUS AND MORAL
PRINCIPLE.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

BY ELIZABETH HAMILTON,

AUTHOR OF

LETTERS ON THE ELEMENTARY PRINCIPLES OF
EDUCATION, &c. &c. &c.

THE SECOND EDITION,

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR T. CADELL AND W. DAVIES,

IN THE STRAND,

By W. Flint, Old Bailey.

1806.

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peculiar to many of their dogmas-Whence derived Mysteries connected with certain parts of revelation-Their gradual developement-Analogous to that of the human faculties-Views of Providence presented in the Bible, clear in all that relates to religious and moral duty-Objections to revelation originate in the limitation of the human mind-Docility recommended-An arrogant spirit inimical to every species of improvement..

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LETTER II.

Early corruption of the principles of natural religion Of the truths communicated by immediate revelation to the Jews-Knowledge of the Supreme Being-Of his providence and government-The relation established between religious belief and moral obligation-The brevity of the Scriptures an evidence of their authenticity-A reason assigned for the little information contained in them respecting the first ages of mankind-Incapacity of the human mind to form distinct conceptions of a state wholly removed from human experienceIllustration of the supposed analogy between mythological

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mythological fable and Scriptural historyThe events related in the latter clearly explained by their reference to the Messiah History of the promises made to our first parents after the fall-to Noah-to AbrahamThe covenant made with Abraham predictive of the Messiah-Gracious condescension of the Almighty, in attaching to every promise of that event predictions concerning events speedily to be accomplished, and which in their accomplishment, afforded a convincing proof of the divine veracity-Of the promised land -The manifestation of Moses-Miracles necessary to the establishment of his authority....

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LETTER III.

Of the harmony which appears between the ordinary and extraordinary dispensations of Providence-The works of nature considered as a revelation of the divine power and wisdomState of religious belief at the time of MosesSensible evidences of revelation necessary to afford conviction to the Jews-Their entering

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