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THE

REASONABLENESS OF CHRISTIANITY

BY CHARLES NORDHOFF

AUTHOR OF

“ POLITICS FOR YOUNG AMERICANS" "CAPE COD AND ALL ALONG SHORE"

" THE COMMUNISTIC SOCIETIES OF THE UNITED STATES

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NEW YORK

HARPER & BROTHERS, FRANKLIN SQUARE

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1883, by

HARPER & BROTHERS,

In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

All rights reserved..

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TO PARENTS AND TEACHERS.

“NATURAL THEOLOGY” has been defined as that department of study which treats of the existence and attributes of God as these are revealed to us in the world of nature.

Many eminent men — not only theologians but scientists-have written treatises of natural theology, and the work of Paley, the most famous of this kind, was for a long period one of the books which young people were expected to read; it was commonly used as a text-book in my own school-days. It is now thought to be out of date, and is no longer seen in schools, and not often in households; but it remains, in my belief, a valuable, as it is certainly an interesting book, not only for youth, but for mature men and women.

If I venture to offer here another book on Natural Religion, this is because I have seen that Paley's and other well-known works, written before recent and very important discoveries and new theories in science, do not entirely meet the questions which not only our young people, but many of their thoughtful elders, nowadays ask.

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