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deemer liveth, and that he mall stand at the latter day upon the earth ; and though worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh Mall I see God; whom I Mall fee for my self, and my eyes mall bebold, and not another. How have I been raised above this world and all its regards, and how well prepared to receive the next sentence which the holy man has spoken, We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out ; the Lord gave, and the Lard bath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord!. . . There are I know men of heavy temper without genius, who can read these expressions of Scripture with as much indifference as they do the rest of these loose papers : However I will not despair but to bring men of wit into a love and adiniration of Sacred Writings; and, as old as I am, I promise my self to see the day when it shall be as much the fashion amongst men of politeness to admire a rapture of St. Paul, as any fine expression in Virgil or Horace'; and to see a welldressed young man produce an Evangelift out of his pocket, and be no more out of countenance than if it were a. Claffick printed by Elzever.
. It is a gratitude that ought to be paid to Providence by men of distinguished faculties, to praise and adore the Author of their Being with a spirit suitable to thofe faculties, and rouse flower men by their words, actions, and writings, to a participation of their transports and thanksgivings.
FTER. having treated of false A Zealots in Religion, I can not fors
bear. mentioning a monstrous fpe-. cies of men, who one would not think had any existence in nature, were they not to be met with in ordinary conversae. tion, I mean the Zealots in Atheism.. One would fancy that these men, tho' they fall shorts, in every other respect, of those who make a profession of religion, would at least out-fhine them in this particular;, and be exempt from that single fault which seems to grow out of the imprudent fervours of religion: But so it is, that Infidelity is propagated with as much fierceness and contention, wrath and indignation, as if the safety of man
kind depended upon it, There is something so ridiculous and perverse in this kind of Zealots, that one does not know how to set them out in their proper colours. They are a sort of gamesters who are eternally upon the fret, tho' they play: for nothing. They are perpetually reiz. ing their friends co' come over to them,"
though at the same time they allow that ľ neither of them shall get any thing by the
bargain. In short, the zeal of spreading - Atheism is, if possible, more absurd than: Atheism it felf.
Since I have mentioned this unac
and Infidels, I must further observe that
fchemes erected in their stead that are als together monstrous and irrational, and require the most extravagant credulity to embrace them. I would fain ask one of these bigotted Infidels, supposing all the great points of Atheism, as the casual dr eternal formation of the world, the måteriality of a thinking substance, the mortality of the Soul; the fortuitous organization of the Body, the motions and gravitation of matter, with the like particu. lars, were laid together and formed into a kind of Creed, according to the opinions of the most celebrated Atheists; I fay, supposing such a Creed as this were formed, and imposed upon any one people in the world, whether it would not require an infinitely greater measure of faith, than any set of articles which they fo violently oppose. Let me therefore advise this generation of Wranglers, for their own and for the publick good, to act at least fo consistently with themselves, as not to burn with Zeal for Ir. religion, and with Bigotry for Nonsense.