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Preparatory Considerations. Of the antecedent cre-
SECTION I. Quotations of the historical Scriptures
by ancient Christian writers,
I deem it unnecessary to prove that mankind stood in need of a revelation, because I have met with no serious person who thinks that, even under the Christian revelation, we have too much light, or any degree of assurance which is superfluous. I desire moreover, that, in judging of Christianity, it may be remembered, that the question lies between this religion and none: for, if the Christian religion be not credible, no one, with whom we have to do, will support the pretensions of any other.
Suppose, then, the world we live in to have had a Creator ; suppose it to appear, from the predominant aim and tendency