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STUDY III.

THE BIBLE AS A DIVINE REVELATION VIEWED IN THE LIGHT OF REASON.

THE CLAIMS OP Tim BIBLE AND ITS SURFACE EVIDENCE OP CREDIBILITY. ITS ANTIQUITY AND PRESERVATION.-^ MORAL INFLUENCE. MOTIVES OF THK WRITSR&. GKNKKAL CHARACTER OP THE WRITINGS. THE Boons OP MOSHS. THE LAW OP Mosiw,. PECULIARITIES OP TUB GOVERNMENT INSTITUTED BY

MOSHS. IT WAS NOT A SYSTEM OP PRISSTCRAPT. INSTRUCTIONS TO ClVII.

RULERS. RICH ANU POOH ON A COMMON LEVEL BEPORB THE LAW. SAFB- GUARDS AC.AINST TAMPERING WITH THE RIGHTS OP THE PEOPLE. THE PRIESTHOOD NOT A FAVORED CLASS, How SUPPORTED, ETC. OPPRESSION OP FOREIGNERS, WIDOWS, ORPHANS AND SERVANTS GUARDED AGAINST. THB pROPHnrs ow Tint UIULE. Is THERE A COMMON BOND OP UNION BETWEEN THE LAW, Tim PRornirrs AND THE NEW TI'HTAMRNT WRITBRS? MIRACLKS NOT UNREASONABLE. THE REASONABLE CONCLUSION.

HPHE Bible is the torch of civilization and liberty. Its

  • influence for good in society has been recognized by

the greatest statesmen, even though they for the most part have looked at it through the various glasses of conflicting creeds, which, while upholding the Bible, grievously mis- represent its teachings. The grand old book is uninten- tionally but wo fully misrepresented by its friends, many of whom would lay down life on its behalf; and yet they do it more vital injury than its foes, by claiming its support to their long-revered misconceptions of its truth, received through the traditions of their fathers. Would that such would awake, re-examine their oracle, and put to confusion

Since the light of nature leads us to expecl; a fuller rev- elation of God than that which nature supplies, the reason- able* thinking mind will be prepared to examine the claims of anything purporting to be a divine revelation, which

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