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IN SIX VOLUMES.
By RICHARD WATSON, D. D. F. R.S.
REGIUS PROFESSOR of DIVINITY in the UNIVERSITY of
Printed by J. NICHOLS;
for T. EVANS, London; J. & J. MERRILS, Cambridge;
M. DCC. LXXXV,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
Of the Truth of the Chriftian Religion. By DAVID HARTLEY, M. A. Lond. 1749. P. I.
This Tract is printed from the fecond volume of Doctor Hartley's Obfervations on Man; it is written, as all the other parts of that work are, with fingular clofeness of thought; and to be well understood, must be read with great attention. Grotius; Abbadie; Fabricius; Limborch; Jacquelot; Houtteville; Pafcal; Stilling fleet; Stackhouse; Benfon; Clarke; Leland; Lardner; Macknight; Chantler; Jenkins; Stebbing; Jortin; Fofter; Nichols, and a great many other authors, have taken laudable pains in proving the truth of the Christian Religion; but I know not any author, Grotius excepted, who has, in fo fhort a compass, faid more to the purpofe on that subject than Doctor Hartley has done, in the tract which is here republished,
Of the Truth of the Chriftian Religion, by JOSEPH ADDISON, Efq. p. 76.
This pofthumous Treatife of Mr. Addifon has been much ef teemed both at home and abroad; the general argument contained in it has been carried to a greater length by other authors fince his time; efpecially by Mr. Correvon of Geneva; by Profeffor Bullet of Befançon; and by Dr. Lardner, who has treated it in all its parts with great accuracy in his Collection of Jewish and Heathen Testimonies to the truth of the Christian Religion. There is, unfortunately, in many men, a ftrange prepoffeffion against every thing written by Churchmen, in defence of the Chriftian Religion; that "Priests of all Religions are the fame"-that "they defend altars on which their lives depend," with an hundred other expreffions of a fimilar tendency, are frequent in the mouths of unbelievers; we fincerely forgive them this wrong; but as the charge of selfishness and hypocrify cannot, with any fhadow of propriety, be brought against Mr. Addison, and fuch other laymen as have written in fupport of Chriftianity, we intreat them to give a fober attention to what thefe unprejudiced Writers have advanced on the fubject; furely, eternal Life is too important a concern to be jested away in farçaftic witticifm, and frothy difputation,