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COLLECTION

OF

THEOLOGICAL TRACTS,

IN SIX VOLUMES.

By RICHARD WATSON, D. D. F.R.S.

LORD Bishop of LAND AFF,

AND

Regius PROFESSOR of Divinity in the UNIVERSITY of

CAMBRIDGE

VOL.

IV.

L O N D ON,

Printed by J. NICHOLS;
for T. EVANS, London ; J. & J. MERRILS, Cambridge ;

and J. & J. FLETCHER, Oxford.

M. DCC. LXXXV.

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CO N T E N T S.

The Reasonableness of Christianity, as delivered in the

Scripture. By John Locke, Esq. Lond. 1727. p. I.

This Treatise was first published in 1695, without Mr. Locke's name; he concealed his being the author of it from his most intimate friends, and in one of his letters to Mr. Molyneux, at Dublin, he desired to know what people thought of it there, for here, says he," at its first coming out, it was received with no indifferency, “ fome speaking of it with great commendation, and most censur

ing it as a very bad book." His friend, in reply, informed him, that a very learned and ingenious Prelate laid he liked it very well, and that, if Mr. Locke writ it, it was the best book he ever laboured at ; " but,” says he, “ if I should be known to think so, I " Thould have ny lawns torn from my thoulders." Abroad it was greatly esteemed by two of the best divines which were then livingLe Clerc, and Limberch. Le Clerc, in his Bibliotheque Choisee, said, that it was un des plus excellens ouvrages qui ait été fait de

puis long-tems sur cette matiere et dans cette vue:” and Limborch preferred it to all the Systems of Divinity that he had ever read. Dr. Edwards wrote against it; and his objections produced from Mr. Locke two vindications of it; these merit the readers attention as much as the work itself, which has long been very gee xerally approved.

A Discourse concerning the unchangeable Obligations of

Natural Religion and the Truth and Certainty of the Chrijiian Revelation. Being eight Sermons preached in the year 1705, at the Lecture founded by the Hon. ROBERT BOYLE, By SAMUEL CLARKE, D. D.

p. 109.

Whatever opinion the reader may entertain of the principles advanced in this book relative to the foundation of Morality; he will adinire the strength and perfpicuity with which the whole of it is

written;

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