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IN DEFENCE OF
DELIVERED AT THE
UNIVERSALIST CHAPEL, IN PROVIDENCE, R. I.
BY DAVID PICKERING,
Pastor of the First Universalist Church and Society.
"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time
PUBLISHED BY SAMUEL W. WHEELER.
Cranston & Knowles, Printers.
Rhode-Island District, sc.
BE IT REMEMBERED, That on this tenth day of February, [L. S.] A. D. one thousand eight hundred and thirty, and in the fifty-fourth year of the independence of the United States of America, Samuel W. Wheeler, of said District, deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the following words to wit:
"Lectures in Defence of Divine Revelation, delivered at the Universalist Chapel in Providence, R. I. by David Pickering, Pastor of the First Universalist Church and Society."
"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the Prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things."
"Prove all things, hold fast that which is good."-St. Paul.
In conformity to an act of Congress of the United States, entitled an act for the encouragement of learning by securing the copies of maps, charts and books to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the time therein mentioned," and also to an act entitled
an act supplementary to an act entitled an act for the encouragement of learning by securing the copies of maps, charts and books to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the time therein mentioned and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, etching and engraving historical and other prints."
BENJAMIN COWELL, Clerk of the Rhode-Island District.
CONTENTS OF THE LECTURES.
TO THE READER.
WHEN the author commenced this course of Lectures, he had no expectation that they would ever be requested for the press; nor had he any object to secure, except that of guarding the minds of those who attended on his ministry against the insidious influence of modern infidelity, which, like the pestilence, walketh in darkness, and wasleth at noon-day. And while he is aware that these Lectures are far from being the best which could have been produced upon the general merits of the subjects which they embrace, he is nevertheless conscious that they have been prepared from the purest motives, and with an ardent and sincere desire to promote the knowledge and practice of revealed religion.
The eye of the critic will doubtless discover many imperfections, both in the style and method of arrangement; but the arrangement is that which first suggested itself, when the plan of these Lectures was hastily drawn up: And as it respects the style, the author has aimed at nothing but plainness and simplicity, which he thinks is better adapted to a subject which requires the united force of argument and evidence, than any rhetorical embellishments which lav within his reach.
As several of the following Lectures were written and delivered before they were demanded for the press, it is possible that some parts of sentences may have been taken from those authors which were consulted, without giving due credit for the same should any instances of this kind occur in the following pages, the reader is hereby assured that they are unintentional.
The author is aware that he has passed by many important subjects, contained in the Scriptures, and which are supported by the authority of profane historians; and he