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vine origin), contains more sublimity, pure morality, more important history, and finer strains of eloquence, than can be collected from all the books, in whatever language they may have been written."
Let these, the intrepid conclusions of our most illustrious English laymen, (to say nothing of Newton, who spent much time in illustrating its contents), be contrasted with the frivolous or blasphemous levities of vulgar scepticism; and the reader will find no difficulty in choosing between the blackness of darkness, which the latter offers to his acceptance, and the life and immortality brought to light by the Gospel.
HUNMANBY, FEBRUARY 1828.
ABRIDGED FROM THE CONCLUSION OF
DR LELAND'S VIEW
PRINCIPAL DEISTICAL WRITERS
SEVENTEENTH AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURIES.
I know in whom I have believed.-2 Tim. i. 12.
REV. DR. LELAND.
THE learned Dr J. LELAND ably refuted the infidel sophis tries of Tindal, Morgan, Henry Dodwell, and Lord Bo lingbroke, as they successively made their appearance. His reply to Tindal's Christianity as old as the Creation, was first published, in two volumes 8vo, in 1733. Four years afterwards, he gave consecutively to the world, his two vo lumes 8vo, upon the Divine Authority of the Old and New Testament, in answer to Morgan's Moral Philosopher. These works justly procured for him marks of the highest respect from the most eminent members of the Established Church. In 1744, he exposed, in two letters separately printed, Dodwell's anonymous pamphlet, entitled, Christianity not founded on Argument; and, in 1753, came out his Reflections upon the late Lord Bolingbroke's Letter "On the Study and Use of History," &c.
After having thus vanquished the principal Anti-Christian writers in single combat, he proceeded, in 1754, to attack them collectively, in his View of the Principal Deistical Writers of England of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. In this he gave, not only a short analysis and exposure of their several schemes, as far as the cause of Re velation was concerned, but also an account of their mos