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Duty and Happiness are inseparable. Whether lie has succeeded in this Noble, and Generous Attempt, the Reader will be better able to judge, if he reads with the same Freedom, anu !mpartiality, as the Author wrote.

The Manner of debating a Subject Dialoguewise, (as This between A. and B.) was esteem'd by the Ancients the most proper, as well as most prudent; Way of exposing prevailing Absurdities ; and Tully's two Discourses, de Natura Deorum, and de Divinatione, both levell d against the Superstition of his Country-men; are living Monuments of the Expediency, and Usefulness of this Way of Writing : And certainly, the Reader may be better entertain'd thus, than by that dry Way of Objeca tion and Answer, with which Controversies are: usually manag’d.

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| C H A P. I.
BoracaHAT God, at all Times, has given Mankind

19 Sufficient Means, of knowing whatever be re-
el quires of them; and what those Means are.

Page 1.
CH A P. II.
That the Religion of Nature confifts in observing those Things,
which our Reason, by confidering the Nature of God and
Man, and the Relation we stand in to bim, and one ano-
ther, demonstrates to be our Duty; and that those Thing's
are plain ; and likewife what they are. . p. 13.

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CH A P. III.
That the Perfection, and Happiness of all rational Beings,

fupreme, as well as subordinate, consists in living up to
the Dictates of their Nature.

p. 22.
CHA P. IV.
That not only the Matter of all God's Laws, but the Pe-

nalties minex'd to them, are for the Good of Mankind;
even those who suffer for the Breach of them. p. 36.

CHAP. V.
That God requires nothing for his own sake ; no, not the
Worship we are to render him, nor the Faith we are
to have in him.

p. 44.
C H A P. VI.
That the Religion of Nature is an absolutely perfeet Reli-

gion ; and that external Revelation can neither add to.
nor take from its Perfection, and that True Religion,
whether internally, or externally reveald, must be the
fame.

P. 58.
CH A P. VII.
That Natural and Reveald Religion having the same End,
their Precepts must be the same.

p. 69.

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CHA P. VIII.
That the not adhering to those Notions Reason diftates, con-

cerning the Nature of God, bas been the Occafion of all
Superftition, and those innumerable Mischiefs, that Man-

kind

kind, on the Account of Religion, have done either to them-
selves, or one another.

. . p. 85.

CH A P. IX.
Human Happiness being the ultimate Defign, and End of

all Traditional, as well as Original Revelation, they must
both prescribe the same Means ; fince those Means, which,
at one Time, promote human Happiness, equally promote
it at all Times.

p. 104.
C H A P. X.
God does not act arbitrarily, or interpose unnecessarily ; but

leaves those Things, that can only be confider'd as Means
( and as such, are in their own Nature mutable ;) to
human Discretion ; to determine as it thinks most con-
ducing to those Things, which are in their own Nature
obligatory.

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СНАР ХI.
The supposing Things merely positive, to be made the In-

gredients of Religion, is inconsistent with the Good of
Mankind, as well as the Honour of God. p. 141. -

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CH A P. XII.:
That They, who, to magnify Revelation, weaken the Force

of the Religion of Reason and Nature, strike at all Re-
ligion ; and that there can't be Two Independent Rules
for the Government of human Actions. p. 178.

CH A P,

CH A P. XIII.
The Bulk of Mankind, by their Reason, must be able to.

distinguish between Religion and Superftition ; otherwise
they can never extricate themselves from that Supersti-
tion they chance to be educated in.

p. 232.
CHA P. XIV.
Dr. Clark's Discourse of The Unchangeable Obligation of

Natural Religion, and the Truth, and Certainty of the
Christian Revelation ;. confider'd: And from thence is
mewn, how inconfiftent foever with the Design of that
that Discourse, tbat Nothing can be a Part of Reli-
gion, but what is founded on the Nature, and Reason
of Things.

P, 353

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