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DISCOURSE I.

THE IMPORTANCE OF CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE.

PHILIPPIANS I. 9.—"And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and

more, in knowledge and in all judgment."

It is natural, at the threshold of the enterprise to which these lectures are devoted, to endeavour to interest you in the worthiness of their object. To interest men in the truths of the Bible, is the great reason why a revelation was given. We know it is impossible for the mass of mankind to become adepts in theological science; and yet there are few but may, and ought to be familiar with the great doctrines of revelation. One would think it a reproach to good men, not to be familiar with the truths of the Bible. You would not expect a professed Stoic to be ignorant of the doctrines of Zeno; nor a Mohammedan to be unacquainted with

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