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Χριςιανισμος εςι της Θείας φυσεως μιμησις. Christianity consists in the imitation of the divine nature,

GREGORY NYSSEN,

FIRST PRINTED AT CAMBRIDGE

MDCCLXXIII.

NOW RE-PRINTED FROM THE THIRD

EDITION, MDCCLXXXII.

IN GENUOUS YOUTH,

WHO HAVE HONOURED

WITH THEIR ATTENDANCE

Τ Η Ε

THEOLOGICAL LECTURES,

L A T E L Y

INSTITUTED AT CAMBRIDGE.

GENTLEMEN,

It is the peculiar glory of the religion we profess, that, at the same time that it tends to inform our understandings, it meliorates our social nature; and, with irresistible energy, inclines us to regard both God and man, with sentiments of fervent love. For this reafon, in the discharge of

my duty as a lecturer

upon

the gospels, I always earnestly exhorted

you to consider religion as

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a science,

* November 21, 1768.

a science, which has for its proper object the culture of the human heart.

A constant attention to the end, evidently proposed in the gospel dispensation, is one of the most likely means to lead us to a just conception of each particular doctrine. And, as good will to man was the declared purpose of the almighty in revealing it, and was uniformly displayed in every action of our redeemer, we have reason to conclude, that those doctrines are of prime importance to our falvation, which appear to be more immediately productive of a

productive of a beneficent practice.

Riches, false pleasures, and the lust of power, are generally esteemed the grand corrupters of our nature; but the pride of heart, which the reputation of superior knowledge, or abilities, too frequently inspires, may be equally prejudicial to the interests of society, and in no less measure destructive of our virtue, and our inward peace.

Happy indeed would it have been for the christian world, if the professors, of what is termed religious knowledge, had been able

to

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