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BEING THE SECOND
DELIVERBD AT PHILADELPHIA IN 1797,
JOSEPH PRIESTLEY, LL. D. F.R.S. &c.
Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh
you a reason of the hope that is in you. i Peter iii. 15.
This volume of discourses may be considered as a continuation of those which I delivered, and published, the last year, as those were of the set that I delivered in England, since they all relate, directly, or indirectly, to the evidences of revealed religion ; and I flatter myself they will not be thought less original, or useful. All great truths, and systems of truth, have numerous relations to other truths, and it cannot be expected that they should all be discovered by the same person, and still less at the same time. We
We may therefore expect that if revealed religion be true, various proofs and illustrations of its truth will still be discovered by those who give their attention to the subject ; and, in the present state of things, a more important one cannot be imagined. It is to be hoped, therefore, that many learned and studious persons, the friends of Christianity and of