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earth; and let any man produce an LET. hypothesis to account for it, confif- IX. tently with the idea of Moses being a deceiver, which will abide the test of common sense for five minutes. If the deists can reason us out of our faith, let them do fo: but we are not weak enough, as yet, to be sneered, or fcoffed out of it.
P. 3. “ What reply can be made to 6.those who affirm, that miracles have “ always been confined to the early " and fabulous ages ? "
The reply is easy — that miracles were performed, by Christ and his apoftles, in the age of all others es. teemed the most polite and learned ; and that the adversaries of Christianity, in those days, never thought of denying the facts. It was a piece of affu. rance reserved for these latter times.
LET. Z" That all nations have had them; IX. " but that they disappeared in propor
“ tion as men became enlightened, and “ capable of discovering impofture.”
Many nations have had them, true or false ; the false disappeared, when discovered to be fo; but the true will abide for ever. The Jewish rulers had their senses about them, as much as other people, and those senses sharpened to the utmost, by envy and malice. · Yet were they obliged to confess – “ This man doth many mi“racles.” – It may be added, that had there been no genuine miracles, there would have been no counterfeits.
Upon the whole in this section, on so leading an article, the infidels have made no considerable progress. Rather, they can hardly be said, in the nautical phrase, to have got under way.
O U R infidels seem inclined to let:
U deny, that Moses was the au- *.. thor of the books which go under his name. To this purpose, they observe (and the observation is certainly a judicious one ) that he could not have written the account of his own death, which occurs in the last chapter of Deuteronomy. There are likewise, as we all very well know, a few other passages, here and there, allowed both by Jews and Christians to have been inserted since his time. But these will never prevent us from looking upon him as the author of the Penta
LET. teuch, any more than a few interpoX. lated passages in the works of Jose.
phus prevent us from ascribing those works to that author. The Pentateuch and the institutions it prescribes have been in being ever since the days of Mofes : how, when, and by whom, . could they have been forged ?
But they themselves do not build much on this part of their performance; for they say, P. 4.“ Supposing “ these and other objections of the " like nature to be removed ” — which they therefore suppose may be removed " the scripture is frequently “ contradictory with regard to facts." Perhaps not. At least we must have some proof; and fo, in their own words, vide infra. : -“ And represents the all-wise “ Creator as angry, repenting, unjust,
“ arbitrary, and”-in short_" as a LET. “ dæmon."
That it represents him “ as angry “ and repenting,” is true ; it likewise “ represents him as coming down, " and going up”-all in condescention to our capacities, and “ after the “ manner of men,” as every child knows among us. Nor can we speak of the deity in any other manner, if we would speak intelligibly to the generality of mankind.* -That the Scripture should represent God as “ unjust, arbitrary, and a dæmon," is very bad indeed. Let us hope better things than these of the Scripture, however. When the several charges
* See a remarkable acknowlegement of this point by Collins, in Leland's View of the . deistical writers, Letter 29. Vol. 2. P. 125. edit. 4th.