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Corsciences of these Men, that doubt of an Afrer. Rtribution, whether they did ever sincerely and' impartially desire, or endeavour to be satisfied about it ? Did they ever do, what every. Rational Man ought to do, that is willing to be ascertained of the Truth of a common Report? Did they ever put themselves to half that Trouble, to be convinced of the certainty of a future. Fudgment, that they put themselves to, when they would know, whether the Title of the Estate, they would buy, be good or 'no :: Do not they drudge from Lawyer to Lawyer to advise about the Evidences that relate to it? And by this we guess, that they are wil. ling to be satisfiedht?!!...)
To Scof at a Motion of Weight and Moment be. fore Examination, is:
a great sign of Indiscretion and Folly in those thar da.it, whilst the i prudent Man, that defines to know.the Truth of it; enquires, What Solidity, there is in it; whether any iise Men 'were ever of that Opinion, what Renfors. They bad to think fez and; what 'entised, or moved themito embrace it? He is so far fram exclažning against it at the forft Hearing,jor arraigning those that
weceive it as too famay rationally uppose, to be at tealt as. Wife and Learned jis bimself and fee what Arguments they cam alledge for it, andiwhether those arguments be farisfactory, ornio; nor would I require more Pains and Insa dustry in the Case in question,
than fuck an Application of Prudence, to be satisfied in the Truth of a future State; and he that would thus proceed, must be strange by stupid, if he be not convinced of the Verity and Rationality of it. o biche
2774947 But wben I speak of enquiring intorbe Truth of the Notion before us, I do not mean a flight, bx supera facial Survey of it, not a fiajh of Conception, which, like Lightning, ( to use Plutarch's Phrase) dies
cas foon as born,
but a serious weighing and pondering the Matter; for it would seem a strange effect of Aro rogance, and Self conceitedness, to undertake at first fight, to comprehend and refute all the Reasons of a Point, wherein very wife Men bave employed the Cono templation and Study of many Hours. In all Disputes, there are Topics of greater or lesser weight, and if some of these pregnant Wits find themselves able to refel some of the Weakest Arguments, it's ill Logick tá infer, that therefore they can as eaply answer the Strongeft, and most Ponderous: And yet this is the mfual Method wbereby these vain Men discipline them selves into Unbelief; they are careful to pick out such
Additional Proofs, whicb Men of Reason fuperadd to zbeir weigbtieft obferuations and chefe they take the boldness to cavil at, whilft they à void those more mater rial Evidences, which would jagger their Underfiando ings, and writesa Mene Menc, Tekel Upharsin, upon their Lifts and Pallions : Whicb careless Dispo Yition, I can afcribe to norbing so mucb, as want of CONSIDER A TION. And indeed, it's lamientable to see Men endued with Reason, Sink so 'nouch beneath it, and live the Reverfe of those Principles, which the Supreme Architect of Heaven and Eartb barb ergraven on their Consciences. It is
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PRE FACE. T
HE Great Foes of Religion, which have in all Ages opposed its Progress, and undermined its Glory, are Hypocrisie
and Prophaneness. Between these two Thieves the Jewel hangs, as its great Master on the Cross, and they both Revile it, the one under the Character of a Familiar Friend, the other under that of an, Open Enemy :-Which of these doth the greatest Harm, is something difficult to determine. Hypocrifje commonly uhers in Pro, phaneness, and, as a Lad thrust in at a Window, opens the Door to the greatest Monster; for there is nothing more common, thag for Men, who are not very discerning, to contemn all Piety, when they see the blackest Crimes prosecuted under that Silken Mantle, and Men with the Temple of the Lord in their Mouths, abuse both the Temple, and the God that dwells in ito People, whose Understandings are weak, observing Men « to carry Daggers under their Bibles, and to make use of the noblest Means for the worst and balest Ends, are apt to think, they may with Authority laugh at all that's 'Sacred, and fancy they are excused from all Devotion, when they find the