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UN THE MANY VICES WHICH ABOUND IN THE CIVIL

AND RELIGIOUS WORLD.

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TO WHICH IS ADDED,

A LOOKING-GLASS

FOR PROFESSORS OF RELIGION;

CONSISTING OF SEVEN INTERESTING AND PRACTICAL SUPJECTS.

TOGETHER WITH

DISCOURSES ON THE BOOK OF RUTH.

LIKEWISE

SOCINIANISM BROUGHT TO THE TEST;

OR

JESUS CHRIST PROVED TO BE EITHER THE ADORABLE GOL, CR
NOTORIOUS IMPOSTOR; IN TWENTY LETTER TO THE

REV. DR. PRIESTLEY.

ALSO

THE ARIANS' AND SOCINIANS' MONITOR,

BY THE REV. JOHN MACGOWAN

LIET

London

PRINTED FOR THOMAS KELLY, 17, PATERNOSTER-ROW,

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Discourse I. Elimelech and Naomi leave Bethlehem

II. Case of the Widow, &c.

UI. Naomi's request to her daughter.
IV. Ruth's pious determination

V. Naomi and Ruth return to Bethlehem

VI. Boaz and Ruth meeting

VII. Ruth gleaning in Boaz's field
VIII. Same continued

IX. Same continued
X. Same continued
XI. Ruth claims kindness of Boaz
XII. Boaz acts the kinsman's part

XIII. Marriage of Boaz and Ruth

XIV. A general improvement of the whole

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INTRODUCTION.

Nothing can be more various and opposite than the opinions of mankind, respecting the influence and agency of infernal spirits. Some continually throw the blame of their vices upon the poor Devil ;-take their word for it, and they are on all occasions the innocent dupes to his subtilty and malice; they represent him as the prime agent in all their complicated scenes of wickedness; and would fain persuade us, that so far from being the objects of our just aversion, they deserve our commiseration and pity. From such representations one would be tempted to think, that if malicious and busy devils did but stay in their own country, mankind would be as harmless as lambs, and every species of wickedness be soon banished from our then agreeabie world.

Others there be who fall into the opposite extreme, and with. all their power endeavour to clear the Devil of the slanders thrown upon him; whether he hath retained them as his advocates, I pretend not to say: but they tell you that he has no hand in all the wickedness committed under the sun; that it is impossible he should have any influence on the minds and manners of men. Nay, some go farther still, even doubt of his very existence, and are confident that all their wickedness ariseth from another quarter,

My mind, I must confess, was long agitated between these widely different opinions : now I verged towards the one, now towards the other extreme; and for a long time continued in such painful suspense, that I would have given a world to have

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