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and all the happy candidates for that world of glory, from all others....there cannot surely be a more interesting subject.

"The notions which some men entertain concerning God's end in creating the world, and concerning true virtue, in our late author's opinion, have a natural tendency to corrupt Christianity, and to destroy the gospel of our divine Redeemer. It was therefore, no doubt, in the exercise of a pi us concern for the honor and glory of God, and a tender respect to the best interests of his fellow men, that this devout and learned writer undertook the following work.

"May the father of lights smile upon the pious and benevolent aims and labors of his servant, and crown them with his blessing!

EDITOR.

July 12, 1765."

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ADVERTISEMENT,

FOR THE TREATISE ON ORIGINAL SIN.

When the page is referred to in this manner, p 40, p. 50, without mene tioning the book, thereby is to be understood such a page in Dr Taylor's Scripture Doctrine of Original Sin. S intends the Supplement When the word, Key, is used to signify the book referred to, thereby is to be under stood Dr Taylor's KEY to the Apostolic Writings. This mark [] with figures or a number annexed, signifies such a section or paragraph in his Key. When after mentioning Preface to Par. on Epist. to Romans, there is subjoined P 45 47, or the like, thereby is intended Pige and Paragraph. page 145, Paragraph 47. The references suit the London editions of Dr. Taylor's books, printed about the year 1760.

DISSERTATION

CONCERNING THE END

FOR WHICH

GOD CREATED THE WORLD.

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DISSERTATION

CONCERNING THE END FOR WHICH GOD
CREATED THE WORLD.

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INTRODUCTION:

Containing Explanations of Terms, and general

Positions.

To avoid all confusion in our inquiries and reasonings, concerning the end for which God created the world, a distinction should be observed between the chief end for which an agent or efficient exerts any act and performs any work, and the ultimate end. These two phrases are not always precisely of the same signification: And though the chief end be always an ultimate end, yet every ultimate end, is not always a chief end.

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A chief end is opposite to an inferior end: An ultimate end is opposite to a subordinate end. A subordinate end is something that an agent seeks and aims at in what he does; But yet does not seek it, or regard it at all upon its own account, but wholly on the account of a further end, or in order to some other thing, which it is con sideied as a means of. Thus, when a man that goes a journey to obtain a medicine to cure him of some disease, and restore his health, the obtaining that medicine is his subordinate end; because it is not an end that he seeks for itself, or values at all upon its own account, but wholly as a means of a further end, viz. his

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