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Writers; is a great Confirmation of the Truth of our Religion ; fince as many as have undertaken the Proof of it, have always agreed in the main Evidence, and differ only in Method, or in the Management of particular Arguments : and though all have not written with equal strength and clearness; yet there is not, I believe, one Author, but has brought sufficient Arguments to confute the Adversaries of Religion. They are pleased, indeed, to think otherwise : but they may at least take notice, how. obvious it is, that if this Obje&ion prove any thing, it must prove, that there is no such thing as Certainty in the World; be. cause there is no Art nor Science, concerning which divers Treatises are not daily published. But are therefore the Natures of Vertue and Vice uncertain? Is it the less certain, whether Justice, Temperance, and common Honesty, be Vertues ; or whether Murther, Adultery, and Theft, be Crimes ; ben

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cause Laws are made, and Sermons daily preached concerning these things? or can any Man doubt, that these Crimes often meet with fevere Punishments even in this World, though Man will take no warning by never so many Examples, but have need of continual Advice and Exhortation to keep them from the commission of them? Is there the lefs Certainty in the Mathematicks, because Euclid, Apollonius, and innumerable others, of all Ages and Nations, have put forth Books and Systems of Mathematicks in several Forms and Methods.

When many write upon the same Subject, it is an argument of the Excellency and Usefulness of it; not that they are dissatisfied in what has been already said by others, but that they think more may be said, or that some things may be proved more clearly, in another method, with more advantage to fome Capacities, and with greater probability of removing the Scruples

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of some Men. It is, undoubtedly, very fit, that all necessary Do&rines, upon which the Eternal Happiness or Misery of Mankind depends, should be treated of in all kinds of Ways and Methods ; and they cannot be too often discoursed of, nor by too many Men; that no Obje&tion may remain unanswered, ror Scruple unobferved. Though a little may be sufficient, upon a plain Matter, to wile Men'; yet too much cannot be said upon a Subject wherein all Men are concerned : And it is the great Assurance of the Truth of Religion, and Charity to the Souls of Men, that has engaged fo many Authors in this Cause.

Besides the Primitive Fathers and Apologists, Men of the greatest Learning and Abilities, in latter Ages, have undertaken this Subject, having made it their Study and Business to consider the Grounds of our Holy Religion. And I think few will pretend to more Judgment to discover Truth, or to

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more Integrity to declare it, than such Authors who have had no particular Interest or Profession in reference to Religion, but were under only the cominon Obligations of all Christians; which if they had valued as little as some others, they could with as much Wit and Learning have appeared in the Cause of Irreligion, as any that ever undertook it. Many of the most eminent in all Professions and Callings have been the most zealous Affertors of Religion ; as I might shew by particular Examples which are in every Man's memory

Indeed, I believe, few Men have so vain an Opinion of themselves, as to think they under. stand their several Studies and Profeffions, better than "such Persons who have given undoubted evidence of their unfeigned Belief of the Chriftian Religion. Men of the greatest Sagacity and Judgment have not been moved with such Objections as others for Itumble at ; but have lived and died

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the Glory of their Age, and an Honour to their Religion ; fuch were the Learned Prince of Mirandula, and that Learned French Nobleman Mor. inans"; such were Grotius, Sir Matthew Hales, Dr. Willis ; and many besides, both of our own and other Nations. I shall mention but one more, who indeed was so eminent, that I Scarce need mention him, for he must be already in every Reader's thoughts ; I mean, the Honourable Mr. Boyle, who was as inquisitive, and as unwilling to be imposed upon, and knew as much of Nature, perhaps, as ever any Man,not Inspired, did ; and had withal as stedfalt a Belief, and as aweful Apprehensions of Revealed. Religion ; which he endeavoured to estabilh and propagate, not only by his own Writings, but by the Labours of others, which he engaged and rewarded by his Last Will and Testament.

2. But Men do not always live answerably to what they profess to be

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