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ADDRESSED

TO THE DAUGHTER

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9 Nobleman,

ON THE

FORMATION OF RELIGIOUS AND MORAL

PRINCIPLE.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

BY ELIZABETH HAMILTON,

QUTHOR OF
LETTERS ON THE ELEMENTARY PRINCIPLES OF

EDUCATION, &c. &c. &c.

THE SECOND EDITION,

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR T. CADELL AND W. DAVIES,

IN THE STRAND,
By W. Flint, Old Bailey.

1806.

CONTENTS.

LETTER I.

Or natural religion— Founded on belief in God
and a future state of rewards and punishments

- Inquiry into the state of natural religion
prior to revelation--Gross misconceptions of
men respecting the divine attributes—Intro-
duction of barbarous rites in religious worship
-Errors of idolatry perpetuated during the
most enlightened æras of Greece and Rome-
Opinions of philosophers respecting a future
state, vague and speculative-Not influential
on moral conduct-Of the religions principles
of the Jews--The simplicity and sublimity

peculiar
peculiar to many of their dogmas--Whence derived-Mysteries connected with certain parts of revelation-Their gradual developement-Analogous to that of the human faculties-Views. of Providence presented in the Bible, clear in all that relates to religious and moral duty-Objections to revelation originate in the limitation of the human mind—Docility recommended-An arrogant spirit inimical to every species of improvement.

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LETTER II.

Early corruption of the principles of natural

religion-Of the truths communicated by immediate revelation to the Jews-Knowledge of the Supreme Being-Of his providence and government- The relation established between religious belief and moral obligation - The brevity of the Scriptures an evidence of their authenticity~A reason assigned for the little information contained in them respecting the first ages of mankind-Incapacity of the human mind to form distinct conceptions of a state wholly removed from human experienceIllustration of the supposed analogy between

mythological LETTER III.

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mythological fable and Scriptural historyThe events related in the latter clearly explained by their reference to the Messiah History of the promises made to our first parents after the fall-to Noah-to AbrahamThe covenant made with Abraham predictive of the Messiah-Gracious condescension of the Almighty, in attaching to every promise of that event predictions concerning events speedily to be accomplished, and which in their accomplishment, afforded a convincing proof of the divine veracity-Of the promised land --The manifestation of Moses Miracles necessary to the establishment of his authority....

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Of the harmony which appears between the or

dinary and extraordinary dispensations of Providence- The works of nature considered as a revelation of the divine power and wisdomState of religious belief at the time of MosesSensible evidences of revelation necessary to afford conviction to the Jews-Their entering

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