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nours, may 'yet regain a due efteem to Rea gion, and adorn the Gospel of Christ. This is a proper Object for the Ambition of generous aspiring Minds to expreyle their Gratitude to Him who bas placed them fo much above the reft of the World; and when they find themselves happy now, to disdain to aim at any thing less than Everlasting Happinefs hereafter. To be Miserable after Happiness, is 'an aggravation of Mifery : but to receive Eternal Bleffings, as the Fruits and Improvement of such as are Temporal, isi the Privilege of those whom God bas been pleased to distinguish from others by his Mercies, and who diftinguish themselves by a regard to his Honour
and Service. All that know Burghley, (and who is there almost that doth not know it ?) are surprised with wonder and delight, to observe what Art can do, and to behold the Splendour and the Magnificence of foreign countries in our own : But the Glories and Rewards of Vertue shall continue, when Burghley it self and the
World shall be no more ; and will make Death but a Passage and an Advancement from one Palace, from one Honour to another; and a Removal only from the uncertain Riches and imperfe&t Felicities of this Life, to the Mansions of Eternal Bliss in Heaven.
That these my Endeavours may prove but in any measure serviceable to the Ends of Religion and Vertue, and thereby to the Glory and Happiness of your Honourable Family, in this and a better World, is, My LORD, the unfeigned Defire and Prayer of
R. J ENKIN.
Am sensible, that the Publication of a Treatise of this nature, will
be liable to Exceptions, from those for whose Use and Benefit it is chiefly defign’d, who will be ready to lay hold of all Pretences, to avoid the being convinced of what they have so little mind to believe. They will be apt to say, That if the Truth of Religion be so certain, and so evident, as it is maintained to be, there could be little need of so many Discourses upon this Argument; for it is no sign of Certainty, when such a number of Books are publith'd of this kind, that so many Men of Learning and Parts have written upon the Subje&, yet others, it seems;
are not satisfied in their Performances, but are continually offering fomething New upon it. They will likewise objed, That many of the Professors and Ministers of Religion, do not live as if they believed themselves, at least, not as if they were so very certain of what they teach ; and that if there were so great Certainty, there never could be so many Unbelievers, but all who had heard of it, must needs be convinced by fuch Evidence. I shall therefore shew here, That the Number of Books written on this Subje&, doth not prove the Uncertainty of Religion, but rather the contrary; and that the ill Lives of Men, is no argument against the Religion they profess: And then I shall enquire how it comes to pass, that a Religion which carries so plain and convincing Evidence along with it, should yet by too many be disbelieved, or disregarded.
1. To the First thing, it might be fufficient to say, That the Number of