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ties as well as Christianity, but that those difficulties are incomparably greater and more formidable : for, while the alleged difficulties attendant upon Christianity have repeatedly met with an adequate solution, though deistical writers are accustomed confidently to urge and reurge them without taking the slightest notice of the answers which have been so often afforded ; the difficulties attendant upon Infidelity are of such a nature, that they never can be solved to the satisfaction of an unbiassed and rational inquirer. Hence results the plain and self-evident conclusion, that, since Infidelity is encumbered by more and greater difficulties than Christianity, to adopt the infidel system evinces more credulity than to adopt the Christian system.
The principle, in fine, of the argument, which has been prosecuted throughout the ensuing pages, is the reductio ad absurdum. By a specification of the immense and insuperable difficulties which on all sides beset his system, the deistical infidel, even on ground of his own selection, is convicted of gross irrationality.
August 6, 1923.
It will be proper to state, that this work was written as a competitory Treatise on the proposition, That there is more credulity in the disbelief of Christianity than in the belief of it: a proposition, which was adopted by the Church Union Society in the Diocese of St. David's, as the subject of their Essay for the year 1823.
January 20th, 1824.
3. A discussion of the third possible ground, that the evidences,
upon which our reception of a system claiming to be a
they are insufficient to command our reasonable assent.
objections exist in the case of each system claiming to be a
divine revelation; which objections cannot be answered
III. Tlius unable to deinonstrate the moral attributes of God, he
is of necessity ignorant what service will be pleasing to him.
the crowning difficulty, that God, whose works evince his
1. The supposition, that the deluge did not cover the tops of
the mountains and that men and animals preserved them-
selves by escaping to their summits, shewn to be untenable.