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Preached at the
Upon the following SUBJECTS. Upon Humane Nature. Upon Forgiveness of Injuries, Upon the Government of the
Upon Self-deceit. Tongue.
Upon the Love of our NeighUpon Compassion.
bour, Upon the Character of Ba. laam.
Upon the Love of God.
Upon the Ignorance of Man,
To which are added,
SI X S E R M O N S Preached on Publick OCCASIONS.
By JOSEPH BUTLER, LL.D.
Now Lord Bishop of Bristol.
Ve The E.OURTH EDITION.
L O N D ON: Printed for John and PAUL KNAPTON, in
Sir Joseph JEKYLL,
Master of the Rolls, &c.
The following SERMONS,
preached in his Chapel, are with all Humility Dedi. cated,
HOUGH 'tis scarce possible to
avoid judging, in some way
other, of almost every thing which offers itself to one's Thoughts ; yet 'tis certain that many Persons, from different Causes, never exercise their Judgment, upon what comes before them, in the way of determining whether it be conclusive and holds. They are perhaps entertained with some things, not so with others; they like and they dislike: But whether that which is proposed to be made out, be really made out or not ; whether a Matter be stated according to the real Truth of the Case, seems to the Generality of People merely a Circumstance of no Consideration at all. Arguments are often wanted for some accidental Purpose : But Proof as such is what they never want for Themselves; for their own Satisfaction of Mind, or Conduct in Life. Not to mention the Multitudes who read merely for the sake of Talking, or to qualify themselves for the World, or some luch Kind of