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DEDICATI O N.
A s the most probable means, either of securing a very general reception to the following work,—if it be true, and consequently of much importance to the common cause of Christianity ;-or of obtaining the most speedy refutation of it,-if it be false, and therefore useless, if not injurious to the cause it is
intended to support ;—it is most respectfully inscribed, to
The most reverend the
reverend the LORD BISHOPS
of the CHURCH of ENGLAND,
By their most obedient,
And most humble servant,
an age, in which, works con
taining the general received arguments in defence of the Christian Religion, have been so abundantly multiplied, that it must be difficult to find an EXCU S E for adding to the number ;-previously to experience, would suppose, that
APOLOGY would be necessary for an attempt, to add to former evidences, a
PROOF of the TRUTH of CHRISTIANITY.
Not that the author by any means intends to insinuate, that the MERE NOVELTY of an opinion, should at all excite a prepossession in it's favour. Literary praise, or blame, belong not to OPINIONS alone. It is from the ARGUMENTS by which they are supported, that either censure, or applause, must be derived. For, there have been in all ages, some writers, who valued themselves upon opinions, fo totally indefensible by reason, that they only appeared to be new, because others, to whom they had really before occurred, had upon an accurate examination, found them to be too absurd, to be offered to the public. And, there have