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Writers quoted, or referred to, in the course of the Lectures, with their respective dates.
M. de la Pryme
B. C. OR Ph Eus. - - 1000 Hesiod - - . 900 Homer - - 850 Sanchoniathan - . 760 Xenophanes - - 620 born - 484 Herodotus died - 413 Plato - - . 348 Aristotle - - . 32 Diocles - - - S21 Abydenus - - 300 Megasthenes - . .298 Menander - - 293 Strato Lampsacenus . 288 Lycophron . - 276 Manetho - - 261 Aristobulus - - 124 Diodorus Siculus - . 44 Cicero - - - 43 Trogus Pompeius . - 41 Catullus - - - 40 Virgil - - - 18 A. 1). Nicholaus Demascenus - 6 Suidas - - . 11 Ovid - - - 17 Strabo - - . 25 Apion - - - - 35 Philo—about - - . 50 Lucanus - - . 65 Seneca - - - 65 Pliny the elder - - 80 Solinus - - - 81 Josephus—died - 95 Pliny the younger - 103 Plutarch - - 119 Juvenal - - 128 AElian - - . 140 Justin - - 148 Justin Martyr - - 163 Lucian - - ... 130 Origen - - 200 Clemens Alexandrinus . 220 Philostratus - * . 241 Ocellus Lucanus - 250 Cyprian - * - 258 I.onginus - - 273 Tacitus. - - 276
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Canst thou by searching find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is high as heaven, what canst thou do? deeper than hell, what caust thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea!
To enlarge the sphere of knowledge, and to increase the sum of happiness in the present world, is an object worthy the attention of every friend of human nature; and the effort, even should it fail, deserves the approbation and the applause of wise and good men: but to provide consolation against the severest moments of trial, to disperse the cloud which hangs over “the valley of the shadow of death,” and to conduct the immortal spirit safe to the throne of the invisible God, is a purpose far more sublime, and an exertion of still greater utility. To shed lustre over a few years, or to live in remembrance a century or two, and then to be forgotten, is comparatively of small importance: yet for this the scholar labors, and the hero endures hardship—this is the summit of human ambition, and the boundary of its most Sanguine expectations. To shine on the roll of one. to pluck honors which fade like the flower of the field, while you gather them, or to sparkle among the favorites of fortune, is of little avail to man, who must soon resign to the merciless grasp of death, even the sceptre of the world, were it committed to his possession. Yet these things are sought amid repeated disappointments; and the golden bait is received with increased avidity, although barbed with anguish and sorrow. But who regards the silent finger of religion pointing to an inheritance above the stars, promising splendors which shall never expire, and waiting to crown the man, who obeys her gracious admonitions, with honor, glory, and immortality? When I remember the occasion on which I stand before this large assembly, and the awful engagement which, at the solicitation of many among you, I have undertaken—I shrink from my subject, and enter upon the discussion of it with “fear and trembling.” To , throw down the gauntlet, and to enter the list with winning and attractive fashion, is a bold and daring effort. It will be admitted that this is a day of prevailing infidelity; and Surely it will also be allowed, that it is the duty of every man, who sustains the sacred office of a Christian minister, to “contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints,” and to “give a reason for the hope that is in him.” On this principle the Lecturer presumes to offer his mite to the Lord of the Treasury towards the support of this great and common cause. It may be asked, why hoary age should not rather enter upon this arduous work? Would to God that more efforts were made on the part of able and faithful ministers, equally venerable for years and for literature, against the common enemy! Those, however, who imagine that age should exclusively wield the “two-edged sword” against skepticism, will dowellto re