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SERMONS ON PUBLIC OCCASIONS.
WILLIAM PALEY, D. D.
PRINTED for THOMAs TEGG, CHEAPSIDE;
G. AND J. Robinson ; G. offor; AND J. Evans AND Co.: ALso,
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1 PETER, iv. 7.
THE first requisite in religion is seriousness. No impression can be made without it. An orderly life, so far as others are able to observe us, is now and then produced by prudential motives, or by dint of habit; but without seriousness there can be no religious principle at the bottom, no course of conduct flowing from religious motives; in a word, there can be no religion. This cannot exist without seriousness upon the subject. Perhaps a teacher of religion has more difficulty in producing seriousness amongst his hearers than in any other part of his office. Until he succeed in this, he loses his labour: and when once, from any cause whatever, a spirit of levity has taken hold of a mind, it is next to impossible to plant serious considerations in that mind. It is seldom to be done, except by some great shock or alarm, sufficient to make a radical B