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8vo. xvi, , 412 pp. Occasional foxing, a few minor ink margin notes in Contents. Original half calf, marbled boards; covers off, lacks spine. Ownership blind embossed stamps on first last few leaves, including title. Disbound, but generally good internally. VERY SCARCE. First edition. Subtitle: Sermons containing answers to some popular objections against the necessity or the credibility of the Christian Revelation. These were offered at the Bampton Lectures. Among the sermons printed here are, "On the Probability that God has revealed his will to Mankind; that his Revelation is the Foundation of all Religion amongst them; and that the History, the Doctrines, and the Precepts of this Revelation are contained in the Old Testament." Also: "On the mysterious Doctrines of Christianity." "William Barrow (1754-1836) archdeacon of Nottingham, . . .. [who] was much indebted to [William] Paley's [1743-1805] writings which he described as sermons for 'general perusal than lectures for a learned society'. In them he popularizes the arguments for the necessity and probability of a divine revelation to man, shows that the doctrines and precepts of the Christian religion are favourable to the enjoyments of the present life ('not Christianity but intemperance being hostile to felicity'), and, with regard to prayer, deems it probable that 'the Almighty in consequence of our prayers interferes with the laws of nature.' He further shows that the course of nature is regular, but our conduct irregular, and that 'reason is not degraded by revelation but assisted and exalted. . ." REFERENCES: DNB, p. 1228; Monthly Review, 1800, p. 160; WorldCat. First Edition.
Title: Eight Sermons Preached Before the University of Oxford in the Year 1799, at the Lecture founded by the Rev. John Bampton, M.A., Late Canon of Salisbury.
Publisher: London:, Printed for F. and C. Rivington. . ., 1799.: 1799
lbs: 3.00 lbs
Seller ID: LV1886