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those quotations, as may satisfy his mind upon this subject.

As to what I have, in the ensuing papers ascribed, to Mr. Gildon publisher of the Oracles of Reason, I had written it before I understood his recovery froin Deism. But yet I thought it not meet to alter it, because there are, no doubt, many others who entertain the same notions he then did maintain, and my opposition is to the principles and not the persons. As for his recovery, I congratulate it, and wish it may be such as may secure him from after-reckoning for the hurt he has done.

If any Deists shall see meet to undertake this debate, I decline it not. If they treat my book as they have done those of others, every way my superiors, and as rats are wont to do-gnaw only the outside, advert to incident things that are not to the purpose, and single out rather what seems exceptionable than what is of moment, following him who did so,

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I have somewhat else to do, than to take any notice of such impertinency. If any shall offer a solid and rational confutation, which yet I am not much afraid of, and convince me, not by jest, buffoonry and raillery, but by solid arguments, of my being in a mistake,

Cuncta recantabo maledicta, priora rependam
Laudibus, & vestrum nomen in astra feramot

* And leaves out whatever he despairs of being able to shine in if they were touched on.”

†“ I will recant all my reproaches, I will make amends for my former slanders by praises, and will exalt your name to the stars."

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INDEX

PAGE. PREFACE,

3 Recommendations of the work,

9 Author's address to the reader,

13 Introduction,

25 [Wherein it is proved a matter of the highest import and

necessity to make a right choice of religion; and wherein
it is further evinced, that no man, without the most mani-
fest violence to reason, can turn Heathen, Mahometan, or
acquiesce in Atheism or Scepticism, and that consequently
every man must acquiesce in the Scriptures, or turn Dé-
ist. Deism undertaken to be demonstrated false and
ruining. The author's inducements to this undertaking,

CH A P. I.

Giving a short account of the rise, occasions, and progress

of Deism, especially in England ;-the opinions of the De-
ists ;-the different sorts of Deists, mortal and immortal,

41

CHA P. II.

Mortal Deists who, and what judgment to be made of them

and their sentiments,

54

CHAP. III.

Wherein the controversy betwixt us and the Inimortal De

ists is stated and cleared,

57

CHAP. IV.

Where in the insufficiency of natural religion is proved from

the insufficiency of its discoveries of a Deity,

64

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Proving the insufficiency of natural religion from its defec-

tiveness as to the worship of God,

79

( H A P. VI.

Proving the insufficiency of natural religion from its defec-

tiveness as to the discovery wherein man's happiness lies,

85

CHA P. VII.

Nature's light affords not a sufficient rule of duty.--Its insuffi-

ciency hence inferred,

98

CH A P. VIII.

Proving the insufficiency of natural religion from its defects

as to sufficient motives for enforcing obedience,

108

CHA P. IX.

Shewing the importance of knowing the origin of sin to the

world, and the defectiveness of nature's light as to this,

115

( H A P. X.

Proving nature's light unable to discover the means of obtain-

ing pardon of sin, or to shew that it is attainable,

128

SECT. I. The importance of this difficulty stated,

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SECT. II. Shewing the darkness of nature's light as to

pardon,

136

SECT. III. Wherein it is inquired whether repentance

is sufficient to attone for sin? How far nature's light
enables to it? What assurance nature's light gives of
pardon upon repentence?

143

OBJECTIONS considered,

169

DIGRESSION concerning God's government of the Hea-

then world, shewing that there is nothing in it whence
any design of God to pardon them may be certainly
oferred,

195

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Proving the insufficiency of natural religion to eradicate our

inclinations to sin, or subdue its power,

204

CH A P. XII.

Wherein the proof of the insufficiency of natural religion is

concluded from a general view of the experience of the
world,

213

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CH A P. XIII.
Wherein we make a transition to the Deists' pleas for their

opinion, and take particular notice of the Articles to which
they reduce their Catholic religion ; give some account
of Baron Herbert, the first inventer of this Catholic re-
ligion, his books, and particularly of that which is inscrib-
ed De Religione Gentilium, as to the matter and scope
of it, and the importance of what is therein attempted to
the Deists' cause,

CHA P. XIV.
Wherein it is inquired, Whether Herbert has proved that his

Five Articles dad universally obtain,

219

230

253

CH A P. XV.
Wherein it is made appear that Herbert's Five Articles did
not universally obtain,

0 H A P. XVI.
Wherein some general considerations are laid down for prov-

ing that many of the best things, which are to be met with
in the Heathens, were not the discoveries of nature's light,
but came from tradition,

270

CH A P. XVII.
Wherein we consider what Herbert's opinion was as to the

sufficiency of his Articles, and offer some reflections, show-
ing how foolish, absurd and ridiculous the Deists' pre-
tences to their sufficiency are,

276

CHAP. XVIII.
Containing an answer to some of the Deists' principal argu-

ments for the sufficiency of natural religion,

286

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