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I have closed the Volume with an Appendix of Scriptural Authorities. I found that I could not easily interweave them in the texture of the Work, and have, therefore, thought fit to present them in a separate form. I look for a twofold benefit from this exhibition—first, on those more general readers, who are ignorant of the Scriptures, and of the richness and variety which abound in them-and, secondly, on those narrow and intolerant professors, who take an alarm at the very sound and semblance of philosophy; and feel as if there was an utter irreconcileable antipathy between its lessons on

the one hand, and the soundness and piety of - the Bible on the other. It were well, I

ceive, for our cause, that the latter could become a little more indulgent on this subject; that they gave up a portion of those ancient and hereditary prepossessions, which go so far to cramp and enthral them; that they would suffer theology to take that wide range of argument and of illustration which belongs to her; and that, less sensitively jealous of any

desecration being brought upon the Sabbath, or the pulpit, they would suffer her freely to announce

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all those truths, which either serve to protect Christianity from the contempt of science; or to protect the teachers of Christianity from those invasions, which are practised both on the sacredness of the office, and on the solitude of its devotional and intellectual labours.

I shall only add, for the information of readers at a distance, that these Discourses were chiefly delivered on the occasion of the week-day sermon that is preached in rotation by the Ministers of Glasgow.

DISCOURSE III.

ON THE EXTENT OF THE DIVINE CONDESCENSION.

Page " Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on

high. Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!”—Psal. cxiii.

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DISCOURSE IV.

ON THE KNOWLEDGE OF MAN'S MORAL HISTORY IN

THE DISTANT PLACES OF CREATION.

« Which things the angels desire to look into.”—1 Pet.

i. 12.

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DISCOURSE V.

ON THE SYMPATHY THAT IS FELT FOR MAN IN THE

DISTANT PLACES OF CREATION.

“ I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven

over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”Luke xv. 7.

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DISCOURSE VI.

ON THE CONTEST FOR AN ASCENDENCY OVER MAN,

AMONGST THE HIGHER ORDERS OF INTELLIGENCE.

Page “ And having spoiled principalities and powers, he

made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it." _Col. ii. 15.

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DISCOURSE VII.

ON THE SLENDER INFLUENCE OF MERE TASTE AND

SENSIBILITY, IN MATTERS OF RELIGION.

" And lo! thou art unto them as a very lovely song of

one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not,"_Ezek. xxxiii. 32. .

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