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Preached before the University of Oxford,
Jerufalem, saying, Where is be that is born king' of the Jews ? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worhip bіт —
- 345 Preached before the University of Oxford, at St. Mary's, Jan. 6, 1772, being the Festival of the Epiphany.
THE CREATION OF MAN.
GENESIS I. 26.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after
our likeness; and let them have dominicn over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
C URIOSITY naturally prompts us disc.
U to enquire into the records of the 1. family, or society, to which we belong. Every little incident, that befel our ancestors, is collected with care, and remembered with pleasure. The relation it bears to us gives it consequence in our eyes, though, in the eyes of others, it may seem to have none. The mind, in it's progress, finds attention excited, as the velocity of a VOL. I.
DISC. falling body is increased ; nor can it repose to itself at ease on any account, which stops
Thort of the original and first founder of the community.
Every motive of this sort conspires to animate our researches into the origination of mankind, and the history of our common progenitor. We cannot but earnestly and anxiously wish to be acquainted with the circumstances relative to the father of that family, of which all nations are parts ; to discover and survey the root of that tree, whose branches have overspread the earth.
Nor can such investigation be deemed matter of curiosity only. To form proper ideas of man, it is necessary we should view him as he came from the hands of his Creator. We must know, in what state he was placed, what were the duties resulting from that state, and what the powers whereby he was enabled to perform them. We must learn, whether he be now in the same state, or whether an alteration in his
ftate may not have subjected him to new Disc. wants, and new obligations. Upon a knowlege of these particulars, every system of religion and morality must be constructed, which is designed for the use of men. A system in which the consideration of these hath no place, is like a course of diet prescribed by a physician, unacquainted with his patient's constitution, and with the nature of the disease under which he has the misfortune to labour.
It is obvious to remark, that this knowlege of human nature, of what it was at the beginning, and what alterations have since happened in it, is a knowlege to the attainment of which no strength of genius, no depth of reasoning, no subtlety of metaphysical disquisition can ever lead us. It is a matter of fact, and must be ascertained, as matters of fact are, by evidence and testimony. But he only, who made man, can inform us, how man was made ; with what endowments, and for what purposes. If he hath not done it, the world is, of