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not evince the fuperiority of Christ's miffion above that of Moses, if Christ, to whom angels ministered, when the devil in despair departed from him, Christ, who was transfigured before his disciples, and his face did fine as the fun, and his raiment was white as the light, and behold! there appeared unto them Mofes and Elias talking with him; Christ, at whofe death the vail of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom, and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent, and the graves were opened, and many bodies of faints, which fept, arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many; in conclusion, if Christ, whose resurrection was declared by angels, feen and acknowledged by many witnesses, and whose ascension into heaven crowned and completed the irrefragable evidences of his divine mission; if Christ, whose prophecies of his own death and resurrection, of the destruction of Jerusalem and of the subsequent dispersion of the Jews, have been and now are so fully verified, cannot, as our caviller asserts, meet the comparison with Mofes, then is the Redeemer of loft mankind a less sublime and important chaşacter than the legislator of the Jews. I have now attempted in the first place to
discover how far the world was illuminated by right reason before the revelation of Christ took place; for had men's belief been such, and their practice also such as Christianity teaches, the world had not stood in need of a Redeemer.
The result of this enquiry was, that certain perfons have expressed themselves well and justly upon the subject of God and religion in times antecedent to the Christian æra, and in countries where idolatry was the established worship:
That the nation of the Jews was a peculiar nation, and preserved the worship of the true and only God, revealed in very early time to their fathers, but that this worship from various circumstances and events, in which they themselves were highly criminal, had not been propagated beyond the limits of a small tract, and that the temple of Jerusalem was the only church in the world, where God was worshipped, when Christ came upon
earth : That from the almost universal diffusion of idolatry, from the unworthy ideas men had of God and religion, and the few faint notions entertained amongst them of a future state of rewards and punishments, the world was in such deplorable error, and in such universal need of
an instructor and redeemer, that the coming of Christ was most seasonable and necessary to falvation :
That there were a number of concurrent prophecies of an authentic character in actual existence, which promised this falvation to the world, and depicted the person of the Messias, who was to perform this mediatorial office in so ftriking a manner, that it cannot be doubted but that all those characteristics meet and are ful. filled in the person of Christ :
That his birth, doctrines, miracles, prophe. cies, death and passion with other evidences are so satisfactory for the confirmation of our belief in his divine mission, that our faith as Christians is grounded upon irrefragable proofs :
Lastly, That the vague opinions of our owa dissenting brethren, and the futile cavils of a recent publication by a distinguished writer of the Jewish nation, are fuch weak and impotent assaults upon our religion, as only serve to confarm us in it the more,
If I have effected this to the fatisfaction of the serious reader I fhall be most happy, and as for chose, who seek nothing better than amusement in these volumes, I will apply myself without delay to the easier task of furnishing them with matter more suited to their taste, and if the fole
lowing lowing pages shall introduce another Jew to their acquaintance, I can promise them he shall be one, of whom no honest man need be alhamed.
"Atpayuóws ñ, ndy.
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NED DROWS Y came into posletion of
a good estate at a time of life, when the humours and habits contracted by education, of more properly by the want of it, become too much a part of the constitution to be conquered but by some extraordinary effort or event. Ned's father had too tender a concern for his health and morals to admit him of a public school, and the fame objections held against an university: Not that Ned was without his pretensions to scholarship, for it is well known that
he has been sometimes found asleep upon his couch with a book open in his hand, which warrants a presumption that he could read, though I have not met any body yet, who has detected him in the act itself. The literature of the nursery he held in general contempt, and had no more passion for the feats of Jack the Giant-killer, when he was a child, than he had for the labours of Hercules in his more adult years : I can witness to the detestation, in which he held the popular allegory of the Pilgrim's Progress, and when he has been told of the many editions that book has run through, he has never failed to reply, that there is no accounting for the bad taste of the vulgar: At the fame time, I speak it to his honour, I have frequently known him express a tender fellowfeeling for the Sleeping Beauty in the IVood, and betray more partiality, than he was apt to be guilty of, to the edifying story of the Seven Dreamers, whom I verily believe he held in more respect than the Seven Wonders of the World. : Rural sports were too boisterous for Ned's fpiritsį neither hares nor partridges could lay their deaths at his door, so that all his country neighbours gave him their good word, and poached his manors without mercy: There was