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wife after his Refurre&tion, p. 430. What may be concluded from that which we read of his conversing with bis Disciples after it, p. 431. The manner of bis Afcenkon, p. 433.
CHA P. XXX. Why some Works of Nature are more especially ascribed
to God; why Means was sometimes used in the Working of Miracles, and why Faith was sometimes required of those, upon whom, or before whom Miracles were wrought.
LL Creatures a& with a constant dependence upA
on the Divine Power and Influence; but things may be said more especially to be done by God himself, whereby upon some extraordinary Occasion, bis Power, and bis Will, are more particularly manifested, or his Promise fulfilled, p. 436. Miracles are more peculiarly the Works of God, because they are wrought without ihe concurrence or subserviency of Natural Means p. 437. Means used as Circumstances to render Miracles more observable, not as concurring to the Production of the Effed, ibid. Christ had given undeniable Proof of his Miraculous Power, before be required Faith as a condition in such as came to see his Miracles, and to receive the benefit of them, p. 438. Whether be required Faith of any before his working of a Miracle, who had not already seen him work Miracles, p. 440. Great Reason that no Miracle Mould be purposely wrought for the captious and malitious, P. 441. The case of his own Country-men was parricular, ibid. The case of those who came to desire his Help, p. 445. Our Saviour hereby signified, ihat he requires ihe same Faith of those who have not seen his Miracles, as he did of those who had seen them, p. 447
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Man before Moses, p. 451.. Neither Prophecies
CHA P. XXXII.
Chrift, notwithstanding all the Miracles wrought by
458. Fews and Profelytes were converted in
bad more favourable and just Thoughts of the Christian Religion, p. 480. Of the Writings of the Heathens a gainst it, p. 483. The Writings of the antient Fews confirm it,
p. 486. CHAP. XXXIII. That the Confidence of Men of false Religions, and their
Willingness to suffer for them, is no Prejudice to the
Authority of the True Religion, TE
HE Martyrs for the Christian Religion more nu
merous than the Sufferers for any other, p.488 Zeal for Falshood no Prejudice to Truth, p. 490. The Preference for the Christian Religion before all others, ibid. "The proper Notion of Martyrdom, p. 492.
CHA P. XXXIV. That Differences in Matters of Religion are no Preju
dice to the Truth and Authority of it. Ifferences in matters of Religion must be, unless
God should miraculously and irrefissibly interpose to prevent them, p. 494. It is kot necessary that God hould thus interpose, p. 497. nor expedient, p. 498. These Differences , how greut, and how many soever they may be, are no prejudice to the Truth aní Cerrain. ty of Religion, p. 501. All Parties are agreed in the Truth of Religion in general, and of the Christian Religion in particular, p. 502. It is not Religion , ?bout which Men dispute, but there is nothing besides in which Men have not disagreed, p. 505. Prophecies are hereby fulfilld,
p. 506. CHAP. XXXV. Though all Obje&tions could not be answer'd; yet this
would be no just Cause to reje&t the Authority of the Scriptures.
True Revelation may contain great Difficulties ; A
and if the Arguments in proof of the Scriptures remain in their full Force, notwithstanding any Objecti. ons, and no positive and direct Proof be brought' Ibat they are insufficient, the Objections must proceed from
Some Mistake, and ought to be reje&ied, as insignificant, p. 508. This is shewn in Particulars, p. 509. The way of Reasoning, which is made use of to difprove the Truth and Authority of the Scriptures, consider'd ix cases of another nature, p. 511. Difficulties can never alter ihe nature of things,
Consideration of these things, both from the Example
"Aving in the former Book proved the Divine Authority of the Scriptures, I proceed in this
clear such Points, as are commonly thought most liable to exception in the Christian Religion, and to propose some considerations which may serve to remove such Prejudices, and obviate such Cao * vils, as are usually raised against the Holy Scriptures. But before Men venture upon making Objections against the Scriptures, they would do well first to consider the compass and strength of their own Parts and Faculties, and to observe in how many things they daily find themselves deceived; how many Men there are who understand much more than themselves, and how much folly and ignorance there is in the wisest