a brief outline of the evidences of the christian religion

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: and the uncontrolled dominion of the most malignant passions! But there would be one remarkable point of difference, for while atheists deny the God that made them, the inhabitants Of hell BELIEVE AND TREMBLE! SECTION II. If Christianity be rejected, there is no other religion which can be substituted in its place: at least, ho other which will at all answer the purpose for which religion is desirable. It has been proved in the former section, that it is necessary to have some religion. We are already in possession of Christianity, which, by the confession of deists themselves, answers many valuable purposes. It behooves us, therefore, to consider well what we are likely to obtain by the exchange, if we should relinquish it. If any man can show us a better religion, and founded on better evidences, we ought, in that event, to give it up willingly; but if this cannot be done, then surely it is not reasonable to part with a certain good, without receiving an equivalent in its place. This would be, as if some persons sailing on the ocean in a vessel which carried them prosperously, should determine to abandon it, without knowing that there was any other to receive them, merely because some of the passengers, pretending to skill, suggested that it was leaky, and would sooner or later founder. ' Let the enemies of Christianity tell us plainly what their aim is, and what they design to substitute in the place of the Bible. This, however, they are unable to perform; and yet they would have us to consent to give up our dearest hopes without knowing what we are to receive, or whether we are to receive any thing to compensate for the loss. This is a point of vital importance, and demands our most serious attention. If it is really intended to substitute some other religio...
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