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CH A P. IX.
Beautifully printed in Four Vols. 8vo. Pr. 205.
DEFENCE of Natural and Revealed
Religion: Being an Abridgment of the SERMONS preached at the Lecture founded by the Honourable ROBERT BOYLE, Esq; By Dr. Bentley Dr. Stanhope Mr. Derbam B. Kidder Dr. S. Clarke Dr. Ibbot Bp. Williams Dr. Hancock Bp. Leng Bp. Gastrell Mr. Whiston Dr. y. Clarke Dr. Harris Dr. Turner Archd. Gurdon Bp. Bradford Dr. Butler Dr. Burnet Bp. Blackhall | Dr. Woodward | Dr. Berriman
With a GENERAL INDE X.
Vicar of COGGESHALL, Essex.
the Editor, at his House on Clerkenwell-Green in London. • As the Abridgment of the Philosophical Transactions has • been always esteemed a fingular Benefit to Literature,
whereby a vaft Treasure of it has been put into the Pors • session of many, who otherwise could never have had an • Opportunity of obtaining it; so one of the usefulleft • Projects that has ever been executed in favour of Chri
ftianity, is this Epitome of the Boylean Lectures, which • must be allow'd to be a Collection of the nobleft Apolo
gies for Natural and Revealed Religion that the World was at any Time hleft with. But with all their Excellencies it cannot be denied, that they are too voluminous for many to read, and of too great a Price for
many to purchase; and I may add, some of them very * difficult to be come at.
There was still therefore something wanting to render them more universally serviceable, and diffuse the Advantages that may be reaped
from them. Nothing could be done so conducive to ' this Purpose, as an Abstract of these inestimable Dir
courses, such as this before us, where the Argument is s suffered to retain its entire Force, and the Reduction is
of those Things only, which, though they greatly adorn • the Subject, contribute little, if any Thing, to the real « Weighat of it.' Vide the Works of the Learned, for August 1737, P. 82.
Concerning the STATE of
Before, At, and After the
The Introduction : The Subject, and the Method
of handling it. HE mean, the uncertain, and
the too often miserable State of T the Affairs of Men, with regard
to the present Life, gives us just
Cause to enquire, whether human Happiness depends upon this alone: And since we are compounded, and intirely made B
up of two Parts, the Soul and the Body; and since the Life of the Body must perish, and be totally extinguish'd within the Compass of one Age, we are further to inquire, whether the Mind, that other part of Man, survives the Extinction of the Body, or whether, like two dear Friends, that are never to be divided, they both of them live together, and both of them together die. If this latter be the Case, we are irrecoverably ruin'd; the Whole of us is perish'd and lost; nor is it worth while to make
Inquiry concerning things that have already ceas'd to be.
But if, on the other Side, the Soul remains after the Dissolution of the Body; if, after 'tis deliver'd from it, it enjoys a separate Life and Vigour ; then have we many Questions to ask, and many Inquiries to make relating to the Soul thus separated, and thus existing: What Sort of Life it enjoys ? What Sort of State ? and whether it be to remain the same for ever? Or, if it be to undergo another Change, whether it is to inform a second Body of any Kind? what Distinction there is to be made between those that are good, and those that are evil ? what Sort of Rewards, what Punishments will be distributed to every one, according to their Merit ? Lastly, it will be a pleasing Curiosity to pursue the Fate and the Fortune of the immortal Soul, from its Departure and
Deliverance from its earthly Body, even to the
These are the Things that in the following Work we shall treat of, according to our Power ; and as we treat of them, we shall distinguish, as far as we may, between Things that are clear and that are obscure ; between Things that are secret and Things that are popular ; that every Thing may be plac'd in its proper Station, whether 'tis in Light or in Shade. Mean time, I invoke God, the Father of Light, that he would vouchsafe to direct my Steps, and to dispel the Darkness within me, and the false airy Images of Things, that we may, at length, with Transport behold that Truth pure and naked, and undefild, with whose Charms we have long been inflam'd.
С НА Р. І.
this Life, but that we are to expect a future
HAT there is a God; that he is the TI
Author of all Things, and the supreme Governor ; that he is the Best and the Great est of Beings; that he is holy, righteous, and just; this the Nature of Things requires; this the universal Consent of men. This