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CONTENTS.

LETTER I.

The Study of Divine Philosophy recommended, in addition

to our Cultivation of the Natural Sciences, and upon the

same Plan on which they are pursued-Reasons for think-

ing that the Difficulties attending it may be gradually sur.
mounted

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LETTER II.

Nature distinguished into the Visible and the Invisible--Sacred

History's Connexion with the latter-Man, as the superior

Being upon Earth, has a Sacred History attached to his Ex-

istence, in which nothing else participates-All Nature is a

special Creation with specific Ends in view-Man peculiarly

so- The Sacred History is founded on these-Erroneous Ideas

of the Ancients on the Origin of Man and Nature of Things,

and of the Deity

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LETTER III.

On the Laws of Nature-What they really are -Their Divine

Origin and Operation

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LETTER IV.

Causes of the Idea of a Creation having been absent from the

Ancient Mind-Importance of the Inferences which result

from it-Ancient Suppositions of Necessity and Fate, instead

of a Creation and Providence-No general Providence with-

out an individual one—These Ideas the Foundation of all

Sacred History

LETTER V.

Our Sacred History a part of that of the Universe, yet peculiar

to ourselves-Other Worlds besides our own-Ancient Errors

on this Subject-Man a peculiar Order of Being, only known

to be on this Earth-His double Nature and double State

of Existence

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LETTER VI.

Sacred History comprises the Plan, the Purposes, and the Re-

sults of the Divine System, as to Mankind-OUTLINES of the

GREAT EVENTS which have accrued in human Affairs . 88

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THE

SACRED HISTORY

OF

THE WORLD.

PART II.

LETTER I.

The Study of Divine Philosophy recommended, in addition to our Culti

vation of the Natural Sciences; and upon the same Plan on which they are pursued-Reasons for thinking that the Difficulties attending it may be gradually surmounted.

MY DEAR SON, I resume my correspondence with you on the SACRED History OF THE WORLD with more pleasure, from perceiving that there is so much right feeling about it—that the subject has interested many, and that a farther continuation of it has been desired. In a period when the human mind has been deviating into so many divergences of thought and action, that it is difficult to foresee into what state it will ultimately subside, it is gratifying to know that there are some who will not desert the true standards of right judgment and moral good-who can prefer the ancient paths which lead to them, and the sacred objects with which they are associated ; and who therefore wish to direct their attention, at their leisure moments, to the great themes that are connected with what they are thus attached to. Several minds of much value are already beginning to contemplate the subject with increasing interest ; and important elucidations of it may in time be expected, that will go far beyond any thing which these Letters can effect.

But as every VOL. II.-B

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