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SER! VII.of.Applications, and Ithesiare alla ifeveral
Minutenesses, little Pun&tilios, and fines spain curious. Notions: iandthote Subjects are in. telligible enough it the Gross and in Genda ral; whibh, when branched out tooyrinutta ly inta jali atheir little Circumftarties and Appendages, are extremely perplexed and intangled. Just as Matter lies bpénto the View in-it's Bulk and in it’simally and mbre (ubftántial Parts: whetoas the intimate: Cons figuration and Texture of it's finer, and minuter Particles will be ever indiscernible. - It is morally impoffible. we should errin judging Christianity to be true; because the Proofs for it'are strong, decisive, and lye level to our Capacities ; but we may very probably err in fancying thatıfto. bal abfurd, which relates to the Natureland Efence of the Deityj where there is an infinite Difproportion between the Faculty and the Obe ject. If there be any Griterion of Truth; if we are not neceffadily liable to be deceived; c: we may fafely conclude, i that, what has all the distinctive Characters, of Truth, that any ancient Record can have cannot be a-Forgery or Imposture : But we cappot be sure, but that in Matters of lo high and elevated a Nature i what we con
ceive,(without clearly perceiving any Thing) Ser. VII. to border upon an Absurdity, may be not so in itself, but merely owing to our Want of more 'extensive Views. One Proof from a Matter of Fact should weigh more to confirm a mysterious Doctrine, than all the ideal and metapbysical Arguments, which fall short of Demonstration, to disprove it. Because we are very competent Judges of Matter of Fa&t; but all our Ideas about the intrinsic Nature of God are short and indifinet : and where our Ideas are indiftinet, our Knowledge, which is founded upon them, must be soo too. One intermediate Idea, which is wanting, might, if taken into the Account, make our Conclusion quite different: And one foreign Idea, which has intruded where it has nothing to do, will, like a little Leaven, spread and diffuse itself, and give a Tincture to the whole Mafs of our Reasoning,
This is only a general Answer to the Difficulties with which this Doctrine is attended. Under my second Head, which must be reserved for another Discourse, I shall remove particular Objections. .
54 } 2:45. MATTHEW XXVII. 19. til Go ye, therefore and teach all Nations, bapa
tizing them in the Name of the Father,
T HE Deity is to human Minds, SER.VIII.
what the main Ocean, is - to naro
row Vefsels : They may take in as much Knowledge of his Natyre, as their scanty Dimenfions will admit; and yet there will remain an infinite Surplus ftill, which we want Capacities to receive * &
* See Cudworth’s Intelle&ual Syftem.
SER.VIII. wishing, that human Nature was raised to
an Thigher Perfection that the divine Na wike Amay Ve better underflood, more pera fectly loved, and more worthily praised.
The Chain of Beingsianetnds upwards, from Brutes to Men- from Men, in a beautiful and regulan Gardation, to Angelsz Archangels, and all those thousand. I boufands, that stand before God, and the ten thaxländisimesiltenut howanido tbati miriller unto, bim. The Transitions in this Poem of Naturen front one-Kind-to-anather; are so extremely fine and delicate ; that we scarce cam diftiguity where one ends, and the other begins. Yet the Dignity of the noblest of thelė "Beings, bears! - no more Proportion to his who dwelleth in unapprodchable Glory; "than“a gnea Cloud; ön
which the Evening Sun has impressed it's IV. Bedmisafia ehficked with beautifuF Stains
of Light, ai does to that great Abyss of Light from which it derives it's reflected Beauty: He icána Mill niake Beings, whiche than as muchi furpal's an Archangel of the highest-charse, she an Archangel of the: higheft Cläss furpasses the most groveling Insect. For every finite Creature, how great foever"; "must be infinitely beneath an