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OF THE PRINCIPAL

DEISTICAL WRITERS

THAT HAVE APPEARED IN ENGLAND IN THE LAST AND PRESENT

CENTURY.

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TO WHICH IS ADDED,
AN APPENDIX,

CONTAINING
A VIEW OF THE PRESENT TIMES,

WITH REGARD TO RELIGION AND MORALS, AND OTHER IMPORTANT

SUBJECTS,
By W. L. BROWN, D.D.
PRINCIPAL OF MARISCHAL COLLECE, PROFESSOR OF DIVINITY, AND

MINISTER OF GREYFRIARS CHURCH, ABERDEEN.

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I ONDON:
PRINTED FOR T. CADELL JUN. & W. DAVIES--W. CREECH, AND
BELL & BRADFUTE, EDINBURGH-AND A. BROWN, ABERDEEN.

MDCCXCVIII.

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PRE FAC E.

No man that is not uiterly unacquainted with the

state of things among us can be ignorant, that in the last, and especially in the present age, thcre lave been many books publifed, the manifeit design of which was to set aside revealed religion. Never in any country where Christianity is profefred, were there fuch rcpcated attempts to fubvert its divine authority, carried on sometimes under various difquiles, and at other times without any disguise at all. The most noted writers on that side have been at liberty to produce their stronger oljections; these objections have been retailed by others; and many seem to take it for granted, that Christianity hath received very sensible wounds by the several attacks that liave been made upon it, and that they have greatly hurt its credit, and weakened its authority.

But whosoever will be at the pains impartially to exainine those of the deistical writers that have hitherto ap. peared among us, and to compare them with the answers which have been made to them, will find, that upon a nearer view they are far from being so formidable as some have been apt to apprchend. And fince there are few that have leisure or patience for a particular inquiry into the several writings which have appearcú in this controverly, some judicious perfonis, who wila well to the interest of our cominon Christianity, have been oí opinion, a 3

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