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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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of the ceasing of Prophecies and Miracles.
"HE Antiquity of Prophecies adds to their Force
ibid. We read of no miraculous Power bestow'd upon

Man before Moses, p. 451.. Neither Prophecies
nor Miracles in the Jewish Church for more than four
hundred years before Christ, p. 452. Miracles, if com-
mon, would lose the Design and Nature of Miracles
p. 454., Men would pretend to frame Hypotheses to
Tolve them, p. 455. A constant Power of Miracles
would occasion Impostures, ibid. They would occasion
Pride in those that wrought them, p. 456. No more
Reafon for Miracles to prove the Christian Religion a.
mong Christians than there is need of them to prove a
God, p. 457.. A Divine Power is notwithstanding evi-
dent among Christians living in Heather Countries, ibid.

Of the Causes, why the Jews and Gentiles reje&ted

Chrift, notwithstanding all the Miracles wrought by
him, and his Apostles.
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458. Fews and Profelytes were converted in
great Numbers, p. 461. Many durst not own Chrift;
Others had their Hearts hardned, p. 465. They had
violent Prejudices against the Gospel, p. 466. The
Signs and Wonders of false Prophets a Cause of the In-
fidelity of the Jews, p. 468. The Unbelief of the
Fews being foretold by the Prophets, is a Confirmation
of the Gospel, p. 469. Great Numbers of the Hea-
thens converted, ibid. The Cause of Unbelief in the
Philosophers, p. 470. Of Epictetus and Seneca, p. 471.
The Prejudices of the Gentiles, p.476. They would
not be at the Pains rightly to understand the Christian
Religion, ibid. Oracles had foretold that it should not
lajt above ccclxv Years, p. 477. Herefies and Schilms
gave great Scandal, p. 478. Many Heathens bowever


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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


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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,

p. 514
The Conclusion; containing an Exhortation to a serious

Consideration of these things, both from the Example
of the wisest and most learned Men, and from ihe
infinite Importance of the things themselves.
S wise and learn'd Men, as any that ever liv'd in

tyrdom for the Christian Religion, p. 515. The Causes
of Unbelief among Christians ; Immorality, a Spirit of
Contradiction, and Singularity of Opinion, p. 516. It
is at every Man's own Peril, if he makes a rash and
partial Fudgment, p. 518. This is too serious a Sub-
jez to jest and trifle withal, p. 519.



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"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



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