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Tue Girst and second edition of this work having met with a rapid sale ia America, the editor has been induced to offer this third edition to the British public, with a most ardent desire that it may serve to strengthen the ' great cause of moral virtue, and extend, io some small degree, the empire of human happiness and felicity. The establishment of theological systems, claiming divine ori. gin, has been among the most destructive causes by which the life of man has been afflicted. History furnishes an awful picture of the sad and fatal effects of fanaticisme among the nations of the earth; but history furnishes only the exterior ; there is a deeper internal wound, which superstition has inflicted in the bosom of society, subver. sive of all moral sympathy and the fairest traits in the character of mao. The sincerity with which many upa right minds are attached to the Christian religion, can form no substantial objection against an voqualibed in. vestigation into its truth or falschood. If it be fovoded in truth, it will stand the test of every examioation—it will stand the test of all future ages, and become immortal. It is a point of justice to obserre, that this work has been written under the misfortune and cmbarrassinent of a total loss of sight. This, in the estimation of candid winds, will form at least a partial a pology for verbal
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