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THIS volume is one of several others which are intended, if acceptable, to be laid in succession before the public. But each will comprehend a branch of the inquiry complete in itself, and independent of the rest.
Feeling in common with many others the weight of certain objections, which the Sceptics have made against the Christian religion, I determined at an early period to examine the records of antiquity respecting it; and to abide in the result of my own investigation, without depending on the authority of more modern writers. Christianity, I reflected, professes to be the inspiration of that great Being who made and governs all things, and involves the happiness of all mankind for time and eternity. Its claims, therefore, are of the highest moment, and such as to prompt every ingenuous mind to inquire, with all pos sible accuracy, into its nature, its object, and its evidence. With this view I determined