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1797, William Finch, LL. D. late Fellow of St. John's

College ; " The objections of infidel historians “ and other writers against Christianity confi« dered."

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1798, Charles Henry Hall, B. D. late Student of Christ

Church. “ It is the purpose of these discourfes “ to consider at large what is meant by the

scriptural expression, 'fulness of time;' or, in “ other words, to point out the previous steps “ by which God Almighty gradually prepared “ the way for the introduction and promulga“tion of the Gospel.” See the Preface.

1799. William Barrow, LL. D. of Queen's College,

These Lectures contain “ answers to some po“pular objections against the necessity or the “ credibility of the Christian revelation.”

1800. George Richards, M. A. late Fellow of Oriel Col

lege; “The divine origin of prophecy illus« trated and defended.”

1801. George Stanley Faber, M. A. Fellow of Lincoln

College ;'“ Horæ Mosaicæ ; or, a view of the “ Mofaical records with respect to their coin“cidence with profane antiquity, their internal “ credibility, and their connection with Chris* tianity.

1802. George Frederic Nott, B. D. Fellow of All Souls

College; “ Religious Enthusiasm considered.”

1803. John Farrer, M. A. of Queen's College ; “ On the

“ mission and character of Christ, and on the “ Beatitudes."

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1804. Richard Laurence, LL. D. of University College ;

“An attempt to illustrate those Articles of the “ Church of England which the Calvinists im

properly consider as Calvinistical.”

1805. Edward Nares, M. A. late Fellow of Merton Col

lege; “ A view of the evidences of Chrifa “ tianity at the close of the pretended age of “ reason."

1806. John Browne, M. A. late Fellow of Corpus Christi 1810. Thomas Falconer, M. A. of Corpus Christi Cola

College. In these Lectures the following principle is variously applied in the vindication of religion ; that “there has been an infancy of “ the species, analogous to that of the indivi“ duals of whom it is composed, and that the « infancy of human nature required a different “ mode of treatment from that which was suita 66 able to its advanced state.”

1807. Thomas Le Mesurier, M. A. late Fellow of New

College; “ The nature and guilt of Schism con“ sidered with a particular reference to the prin“ciples of the Reformation.”

1808. John Penrose, M. A. of Corpus Christi College ;

“ An attempt to prove the truth of Christianity “ from the wisdom displayed in its original esta“ blishment, and from the history of false and

corrupted systems of religion.”

1809. J. B. S. Carwithen, M. A. of St. Mary Hall; “ A

“ view of the Brahminical religion in its confir“mation of the truth of the facred history, and « in its influence on the moral character."

lege; “ Certain principles in Evanson's Diffo-
s nance of the four generally received Evange-
“ lists, &c. examined."

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LECTURE I.

HEBREWS iii. 12.

Take heed, brethren, left there be in any of you an evil

heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. This exhortation of the Apostle is founded on an assurance that the scheme both of the Mosaic and Christian revelation is the work of God. For every house, says he, is builded by Some man; but he that built all things is God. And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be Spoken after ; but Christ as a Son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the enda. And subsequently, in the words of the text, Take heed, brethren, left there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

a Ver. 4, 5, and 6.

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For though the origin of our faith be attested by a series of the most satisfactory proofs, there have been perverse, disputatious, and wicked characters in every period, who have denied and contradicted its authority.

But our church has not been established by the mere prescriptive ordinances of men ; it has been confirmed by rational inquiry and by solid argument: and, having been purified from the corruption of former ages, and triumphed over persecution, is at length fixed on such a broad and firm basis, that while it has the fulleft confidence and rejoicing of hope in the divine

power that supports it, it shrinks not from examination, but even challenges fair investigation. Our faith at the same time we trust is sincere ; but not arrogant. We would recommend to those who are in error or in doubt, who are seduced or hardened through the deceitfulness of fin, to endeavour to rectify their misapprehensions, and to confirm their opinions on the same rational principles ; to prove all things, and to hold fast that which is good. But while we are thus disposed to promote liberal and honest inquiry, we must, we ought to discourage that presumptive and unyielding spirit which disdains instruction; a 1pirit, which ever since the publication of

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