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>ort them, I shall be ever willing, to the utsi ost of my ability, to contribute.
As to my friend, the late excellent Dr. Morgan, I know he passes with most people or a father of infidels, and is always menioned by the faith-men as the vilest of morals; but fee how he writes in respect of rue religion and its ministers.
"The infinite mischiefs to mankind, which lave arisen from confounding human policy vith theocracy, or religion with a civil, temjoral jurisdiction, are so very obvious and indeniable, that I hope in representing this, [ shall not be thought to have exceeded the sounds of truth and decency: but I would lot have it concluded from hence, that I look jpon all church constitutions and regulations for the public worship of God to be needless, Dr of no benefit to society. Nothing can be farther from my thoughts, or intention, than this. The more the several duties and obligations of moral truth and righteousness, are inforced and inculcated, and the more publickly and solemnly this is done, the greater hopes there must be of a general reformation, and a stricter regard to the laws of God and nature in any society j and while the public ministers of religion keep to this, they do their duty, answer the end of their office, and deserve all due encouragement, respect, and honor. Against such, therefore, I have said nothing, and would sooner lose my tongue, or right hand, than say or do any thing to discourage them. Let them promote the cause of God and virtue, and true religion in the world, and then, I am sure, they must have the thanks of every wise and good man. Let them make it appear in life ani reality,. that they have true religion and virtue nearest at heart, that they regard more the spiritual duties than the temporal rewards of their office; arid that they are more concerned to reform the world, than to enrich themselves, and then fee what deist or infidel would dare open his mouth against them. But if they will substitute historical faith and church ceremony for religion, authority for reason, outward practice for inward purity, the wealth and power of the church for the power of godliness, and human contrivances for divine institutions; if they will do this, I fay,let them look to themselves, and.maintain their credit and emoluments as long as they can. But I can tell them as a friend, " That "deism and infidelity will always prevail "against such sort of churchism." (Physicotheology.): This passage I think very just and beautiful, notwithstanding the author of it has been called a profligate writer (a), and I imagine
[a) Archdeacon Law, in his theory of religion, use* this hard expression, and many other gentlemen of the church have taken great pains to make him as black as the devil. But surely if the doctor seared God, and glorified word of in the gospel. We are willing, if they would give us their favor, to embrace as we are men, and join them as christians, in bowing down before the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and imploring his mercy on us all $ that we may all be blessed with the grace of his Holy Spirit here, and be eternally blessed with him hereafter, as the disciples of the Mediator. But this is not enough for the doctors. They will have no connexion with us, if we will not allow their artificial christianity come down from heaven. And as this is what we cannot, with a safe conscience, ever think of doing, we are forced to appeal to the approaching day qf judgment that the judge of all the earth may determine, who are right, who, in error; the Christian Deists of this nation, who worship one Being of infinite perfection, and endeavor, to the utmost of their power, to govern their conducl by those rules of moral rectitude, that perfect plan of light and truth, which the Son of God brought into the world } who maintain an invariablefaith in the unity of the divine Being, and prefer the commands of God to human prejudices and traditions who adore the universal Lord for Kisgift of the Holy Spirit by Christ Jesus, and in conformity to its dictates, concur and cooperate with the work of grace : — Or, qn the other hand, the theologers, who depart from the fimph doctrines of the Bible, and admit the substitutions of creeds and systems, contrived by interested and bigotted men; who, in repugnance to the unity of the supreme Being, establish a worship, that has not one text to rest on in scripture, neither can be reconciled to our natural notions of God, nor to common fense; I mean the worship of three minds or spirits, equal in power and all possible perfections; and to this add the doctrine of infinite sin and satisfaction; whether they or we be right, God will determine, by the substituted power of the Mediator, in the morning of the great rising day. To this tribunal we appeal. There will be no power then to support a traditional revelation , nor any craft in that day to make the sacred records whatever the commentator pleases. The bible will be no longer made a nose os wax. We shall not then be kept under by human constitutions and the clang of a party, nor be obliged to regard the opinion of a faction as the terms of salvation. Truth will be the judge, and appear the friend of those who have preferred and promoted it against all other considerations, and were ever ready to sacrifice prudence for the preservation of integrity.
In some Addenda queedam, at the end of my second Letter, you will find a general account of the works of the following authors, and a particular review of that part of their 3 writings writings which relate to religion.
1. Lord Herbert of Cberbury, who died A.D. 1648, April 2, Æt. 83.
2. Mr. Hobbes, who died 1679, Dec. 4, Æt. 92.
3. Mr. Blount, who died 1693, Aug. 17, Æt. 39.
4. Lord Sbaftejbury, who died 1713, Feb. 14, Æt. 43.
. 5. Mr. Toland, who died in 1722, March II, Æt. 52.
6. Mr. Wollaston, who died 1724, Oct. 29, Æt. 65.
7. Asr. Collins, who died 1729, Dec. 13, Æt. 53.
8. Dr. Mandevilie, who died 1733, Jan* 19, Æt. 65.
9. Mr. Woolston, who died 1733, Jan. 27, Æt. 64.
10. Dr. Tindal, who died 1733, Aug. 16, Æt. 79.
11. Dr. Morgan, who died 1743, Jan. 17, Æt. 71.
12. Mr. Chubb, who died 1747, Feb. 8. Æt. 68.
13. Lord Bolingbroke, who died 1751, iS/iw. 15, Æt. 79.
And left his books and MSS to David MaiUt of Putney, Esq; who published his lord. • 1 . LI 2 ship's