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hopes, that the Polițeness and Beauty peculiar to Mr. ADDISON's writings would make their way to persons of a fuperior character and a more liberal educations and that, as they come from the hands of a Layman, they may be the more readily received and confidered bynyoung Gentlemen, las; a proper, Mamuali9f Religion, (91 316 25 gol 26

Our modern Sceptics and Infidels are great Pretendersi to Reason, and Philosophy, and arg willing to have it thought that none who are really poffeffed of those talents can easily affent to the truth of Christianity. But it falls out very, unfortunately forl them and their çaufe, than those perfons eswithin your pwng memory, whocard confeled to have been the mosto perfect Reasoners and, Philofophers of their time, are also known to have been firm Believers, and


they Laymen ; I mean Mr. Boyle, MF.LOCKE, Sir Isaac Newton, and Mr. ADDISON: who, modestly speaking, were as good Thinkers and Rea<foners, as the best among the Scep

ties and Infidels at this day. Some of them might have their particular pinions about this or that point in

Chriftianity, which will be the cafe as long as men are men ; but the etning lhères infifted on is, that they were accurate Reasoners, and at the Taffle time firm Believers

Pololug YILMr. Botte, the most exact searcher wffto the works of Nature that any agands" Known, and who saw tAtheKafana! Thfidelity' beginning to fhew Whethfeites in the Toofer and volupKu8alfeigfiWof King Chartes the SęFedna2putsued His philofophicab inaunties with religiouslviews, sofeftaVIHRhe minds of men intatfirm behrer and brought fenfe of the linfiyedi a 3


nite power and wisdom of the great Creator.

Vine This account we have from one who was intimately acquainted with him, and preached his Funeral Sermon: «bIt appeared to those who

conversed with him in his inquiries into nature, that his main design in that (on which as he had his own

eye most constantly, so he took care ' to put others often in mind of it)

was to raise in himself and others 'vaster thoughts of the greatness and glory, and of the wisdom and goodness of God. This was so deep

in his thoughts, that he concludes "the article of his will, which relates to that illustrious body, the Royal Society, in these words :

wishing them a happy success in " their laudable' attempts to disco

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66 ver the true nature of the works of “ God; and praying that they and “ all other searchers into physical “ truths may cordially refer their “ attainments to the glory of the

great Author of Nature, and to “ the comfort of mankind." The same person also speaks thus of him :

He had the profoundest veneration ' for the great God of heaven and earth, that ever I observed in any person. The very. name of God was never mentioned by him without a pause and a visible stop in his difcourse.'

And of the strictness and exemplariness of the whole course of his life, he says, I might here challenge

the whole tribe of Libertines, to come and view the usefulness, as well as the excellence of the Chrif


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tirely dedicated to itailormou stom otAgainst the Atheists he wrote his

Free Enquiry into the teceived Nor * tion of Nature' (to confute the pernicious principle of (afcribing effects to Nature, which are only produced bys the infiniter power band wisdom of God) and also his Essay about • final Causes of Things natural, to Théw, that all things in nature werel made and contrived with great toru det, and everything for its propera end and use, by an all-wife Creatordo

Against the Deifts he wrote a treang tisen of Things above, Reafon ;'binti which he makes itoappears that feb veral things, which we ljudgettorbe contrary to reafonzilibetaufe above thedreach of our understanding;vare nots therefore to be thought unteasonable, because we cannot comprehend them, since theyi may be


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