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SUMMARY

OF THE

PRINCIPAL EVIDENCES

FOR

THE TRUTH AND DIVINE ORIGIN

OF THE

Christian Revelation.

DESIGNED CHIEFLY FOR THE USE OF

YOUNG PERSONS.

TO WHICH IS ADDED,
A POEM ON DEATH.

BY BIELBY PORTEUS, D. D.

Bishop of London.

A NEW EDITION,
WITA QUESTIONS FOR THE EXAMINATION

OF PUPILS.

CONCORD:

PUBLISHED BY HILL AND MOORE.

1822.

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James Huntley

Campbell

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PREFACE.

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For readers of a mature age and judgment, there are so many excellent treatises on the Evidences of the Christian Religion already published, that it is perfectly needless to add to their number; but it appeared to me, that there was still wanting something in a shorter, a cheaper, a more methodical and familiar form. This is a time, when it is peculiarly proper to communicate to young people the chief grounds of their faith, and to laythe foundations of a firm belief in the Christian Revelation ; leaving it to themselves to add to these primary evidences which reason furnishes in favor of Christianity, those further proofs of its truth, which I trust they will bereafter derive from still higher and better sources ; from an intimate acquaintance with the sacred writings, from the illuminating and sanctifying influences of the Holy Spirit upon their under. standings and their hearts ; and from the experimental conviction, which I hope they will hereafter have, of the divine efficacy of the gospel in purifying their affections, in remedying the disorders of their corrupt nature, and in communicating to them

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