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FIVE SERMONS

ON THE

NATURE OF CHRISTIANITY.

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LATE FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE,

CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, AND
CHAPLAIN TO THE MOST REVEREND WILLIAM LORD ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY.

LONDON:

JOSEPH MASTERS, ALDERSGATE STREET,

AND 78, NEW BOND STREET.

J. AND J. J. DEIGHTON: CAMBRIDGE.

MDCCCXLVIII.

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PREFACE.

The topics opened in the first of the following Discourses, and pursued, but in particular and insulated illustrations, in those that follow in the series, might well admit a more thorough and methodic treatment. The preacher's consciousness of this must be his chief apology to those respected members of his University who have strongly desired this publication, for not having without some delay and vacillation thus given them at length in print, what he thought not unworthy of their attention from the pulpit.

The subject of development, though not so prominent before the public eye as when these Sermons were delivered, has lost nothing of its theological interest and importance. In the enlarged use of the word to which we have been lately familiarized,—there are some serious and earnest minds who would scruple acknowledging its reality, even in those successive economies of religion in which our greatest divines have recognized it, and which the gradual accomplishment of the Divine purposes in our redemption has distinguished as markedly and organically from each other, as the seed from the plant: there are those

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