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PART ness, I mean with regard to Christianity, are
II. absolutely without Excuse. For there is no in Temptation to it, but from the Wantonness
of Vanity or Mirth: And these, considering the infinite Importance of the Subject, are no such Temptations as to afford any Excuse for it. If this be a just Account of things, and yet Men can go on to vilify or disregard Christianity, which is to talk and act, as if they had a Demonstration of its Fallhood; there is no Reason to think they would alter their Behaviour to any Purpose, though there were a Demonstration of its Truth.
The End of the second Part.
N the first copy of these Papers, I
bad inserted the two following Dissertations into the Chapters, Of a future Life, and, of the moral Government of God, with which they are closely connected. But as they do not direEtly fall under the Title of the foregoing Treatise, and would have kept the Subject of it too long out of Sight; it seemed more proper to place them by themselves.
Of personal Identity.
HETHER we are to live in a fu-Diss.
ture State, as it is the most important I.
proper a little to consider them.
Now when it is asked, wherein personal Identity consists, the Answer should be the same, as if it were asked, wherein consists Similitude or Equality ; that all Attempts to define, would but perplex it. Yet there is
D is s. no Dificulty at all in ascertaining the Idea.
1. For as, upon two Triangles being compared mor viewed together, there arises to the Mind
the Idea of Similitude ; or upon twice two
But though Consciousness of what is past does thus ascertain our personal Identity to Durselves, yet to say, that it makes personal Identity, or is necessary to our being the same Persons, is to say, that a Person has not existed a single Moment, nor done one Action, but what he can remember ; indeed none but