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ON THE

DIVINE GOVERNMENT;

SHEWING THAT

EVERY THING IS FROM GOD,

AND

FOR GOOD, TO ALL.

AND GOD SAW EVERY THING THAT HE HAD MADE, AND BEHOLD, IT WAS VERY GOOD.

Genesis i. 31.

BY THEOPHILUS LINDSEY, M.A.

SECOND EDITION.

LONDON:

Printed by R. Taylor and Co., 38, Shoe Lane; AŅD SOLD BY J. JOHNSON, st. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD;

AND W. VIDLER, HIGH-HOLBORN.

TO

MRS. SOPHIA AND MRS. FRANCES CHAMBERS,

IN GRATITUDE FOR UNWEARIED OFFICES OF THE MOST DISINTE

RESTED FRIENDSHIP, FOR NEARLY THIRTY YEARS, TO HIMSELF AND MRS. LINDSEY, FROM THEM AND THEIR WORTHY BROTHER, NOW, ALAS! INSENSIBLE OF ANY TRIBUTE, THOUGH EQUALLY DUE; AND IN TESTIMONY OF THEIR ENLIGHTENED ZEAL FOR THE WORSHIP OF THE ONE TRUE GOD, AND A CONSTANT UNOSTENTATIOUS READINESS TO DO GOOD;--THIS VOLUME OF CONVERSATIONS, THE RECOLLECTION AND THE FRUITS OF THE HAPPY REPOSE AND LEISURE, ENJOYED IN THEIR DELIGHTFUL SUMMER RECESS AT MORDON IN SURRY, IS MOST RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED,

BY THEIR VERY AFFECTIONATE FRIEND,

THE AUTHOR.

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The following work results from the study and experience of a long life, devoted principally to the service of the Gospel. From diligent researches into the true meaning and spirit of the sacred writings, the author has been led to various deviations from the creed of the established church : his opinions have, at different times, been laid before the public; and, if the discouragements attending the profession of his faith have been very considerable, he is happy and thankful to have lived in a country, where not only such appeals have been practicable, but he has been supported by several of his countrymen, who, renouncing the errors of their education, have openly avowed their faith in only one God, the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ. The gloomy unjust ideas which some entertain of the Divine Being; the avowed or restrained doubts of others with respect to the sacred history of the first ages and facts of an extraordinary interference in the deluge; crude and unjustifiable attacks on the revered

characters of Abraham, Moses, Elijah, and Elisha”, &c. * For a complete vindication of the characters of Elijah and Elisha, a justification of the former for praying against rain, and lent and satisfactory sermons on these subjects, in the first volume of Sermons by Joseph Morris. London, 1743. - s ".

&c.—These with similar things being thrown out in conversation, before those for whose peace and happiness the authoris much interested, led him to turn his attention to such facts and arguments, as by others, as well as himself, have been found satisfactory. The importance of the subject may be an apology for some repetitions; and till a full conviction is wrought in the mind, that the government of this world is the wisest that could have been adopted, and that the evils and distresses of life (of which we are not so good judges as the child just able to talk is of the corrections of a tender mother) are not permitted but for the good of all, the attention of the public cannot be too often solicited for the vindication of our Creator. Under the hope of promoting in some degree the interest of his fellow-creatures in so noble a cause, and of leading them to their happiest state, a full confidence and satisfaction in the never-ceasing love of their maker and God, the following remarks, imperfect as they are, are committed to the candour and serious attention of the benevolent reader. andfor calling down destructive fire from heaven; and of the latter, for cursing the young men of Bethel, see the very excel

* - . - - WRITERS

94, 102

WRITERS AND OTHER CHARACTERS

REFERRED TO.

Page

ABRAHAM 50-52, 123-126

Adam

45
Adams, William

111

d'Alembert

13,96-98

Barrow

12

Beausobre

99

Bekker

151

Belsham, Rev. T.

155

Bloomfield

Boyle

12

Burnet, Bishop

27

Burthogge

106

Cain

47

Caligula

86
Callimachus

121
Cappe, Rev. N.

121
Caracalla

86
Cicero

67

Clarke, Dr. S.

2

Commodus

86

David

60-121

Day, author of Sandford

and Merton

89

Elijah

48

Enoch

48

Eve

45

Findlay, Dr.

6

Flower, B.

2

Frederick of Prussia

96

Frend, W.

115

Grotius

59

Hagar

124

Hallet, Joseph

65

Hobbes

85

Hume

110

Joseph

106

Josephus

121

Joshua

56

Isaac

124

Ishmael

ib.

King, Archbishop

84, 88

Law, Bishop

ib,

CONTENTS.

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