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UN THE MANY VICES WHICH ABOUND IN THE CIVIL
AND RELIGIOUS WORLD.
And he cred sat e canne
TO WHICH IS ADDED,
FOR PROFESSORS OF RELIGION;
CONSISTING OF SEVEN INTERESTING AND PRACTICAL SUPJECTS.
DISCOURSES ON THE BOOK OF RUTH,
SOCINIANISM BROUGHT TO THE TEST;
JESUS CHRIST PROVED TO BE EITHER THE ADORABLE GOL, CR
REV. DR. PRIESTLEY.
PRINTED FOR THOMAS KELLY, 17, PATERNOSTER-ROW,
VIII. Infidelis, Avaro, and others
X. All the Dialogeans
VII. Ruth gleaning in Boaz's field
IX. Same continued
NOTHING can be more various and opposite than the opinions of mankind, respecting the influence and agency of infernal spirits. Some continually throw the blame of their vices
upon the poor Devil ;-take their word for it, and they are on all occasions the innocent dupes to his subtilty and málice; they represent him as the prime agent in all their complicated scenes of wickedness; and would fain persuade us, that so far from being the objects of our just aversion, they deserve our commiseration and pity. From such representations one would be tempted to think, that if malicious and busy devils did but stay in their own country, mankind would be as harmless as lambs, and every species of wickedness be soon banished from our then agreeabie world.
Others there be who fall into the opposite extreme, and with. all their power endeavour to clear the Devil of the slanders thrown upon him; whether he hath retained them as his advocates, I pretend not to say: but they tell you that he has no hand in all the wickedness committed under the sun; that it is impossible he should have any influence on the minds and manners of men. Nay, some go farther still, even doubt of his very existence, and are confident that all their wickedness ariseth from another quarter.
My mind, I must confess, was long agitated between these widely different opinions : now I verged towards the one, now towards the other extreme; and for a long time continued in such painful suspense, that I would have given a world to have