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When men arrogantly abandon their guide, and wilfully shut their eyes on the light
of heaven, it is wisely ordained that their errors shall multiply at every step, until
their extravagance confutes itself, and the mischief of their principles works its own
antidote.-ROBERT HALL.

SECOND EDITION.

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Phil 5938.1

Reca Mart 6. 1946

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PREFACE,

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

EXAMINATION OF MR COMBE'S HYPOTHESIS, THAT THE WORLD IS CONSTI-
TUTED ON THE PRINCIPLE OF SLOW AND PROGRESSIVE IMPROVEMENT
-GENERAL VIEW OF THE SUBJECT.

Mr Combe's analogies in support of his Hypothesis-Analogies tending to prove the opposite of Mr Combe's doctrine-Evidence derived from History, and from Ancient Monuments, respecting the Condition of the Human Race in the Earliest Ages - Progress of Civilization over the World-Progress of Civilization in Britain, and the Causes which have given rise to the Improvement of its Inhabitants Conclusion of the Argument.

CHAPTER II.

MR COMBE'S OPPOSITION TO THE DOCTRINE OF DIVINES, RESPECTING THE
ORIGINAL PERFECTION, AND SUBSEQUENT DEGENERACY, OF THE
HUMAN RACE.

CHAPTER III.

Statement of the Doctrine of Divines-Mr Combe's Theory-Question, which of these accords best with the Evidence-Recent Origin of Man State of man in Heathen Ages-Ruin of all the Ancient Empires,

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THE REMEDY FOR EXISTING EVILS.

CHAPTER IV.

First Propagation Christianity, and its Effects - Moral and other Improvements derived from Christianity-On the Efficacy of Preaching as a Means of Improvement,

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EXAMINATION OF MR COMBE'S VIEWS RESPECTING THE NATURAL LAWS.

I. General view of the subject Views of the French Philosophers respecting the Natural Laws-Dr Spurzheim's views—Mr Combe's views

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