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Principles of Nature

CONTENTS.

Page.

CHAPTER I.

THE POWER OF INTELLECT, ITS DUTY, AND THE OBSTACLES THAT OPPOSE

ITS PROGRESS......................................................

5

CHAPTER II.

THEOLOGY AND ITS EFFECTS............................................

10

CHAPTER III.

CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY..................................................

13

CHAPTER IV.

THE BIBLE, OR THE SACRED WRITINGS OF THE JEWS AND

CHRISTIANS.........19

CHAPTER V.

ORIGINAL SIN, ATONEMENT, FAITH, &c. A CHRISTMAS DISCOURSE,

DELIVERED IN NEW YORK, DEC. 1796..................................

29

CHAPTER VI.

ORIGIN OF THE EARTH.................................................

50

CHAPTER VII.

UNIVERSAL DELUGE....................................................

56

CHAPTER VIII.

CHRISTIAN WONDERS...................................................

60

CHAPTER IX.

IS THE EVIDENCE DRAWN FROM MIRACLES SUFFICIENT TO PROVE THE

DIVINE ORIGIN OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION?..........................

62

CHAPTER X.

PROPHETIC EVIDENCE IN RELATION TO THE DIVINITY OF THE CHRISTIAN

RELIGION..........................................................

74

CHAPTER XI.

THAT THE IMMORALITY OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION PROVES THAT IT IS

NOT OF DIVINE ORIGIN..............................................

84

CHAPTER XII.

CHRISTIAN MARTYRS, THE CHURCH, OPINIONS OF LEARNED DIVINES..........

95

CHAPTER XIII.

ORIGIN OF MORAL EVIL, AND THE MEANS OF ITS ULTIMATE EXTIRPATION

FROM THE

EARTH....................................................101

CHAPTER XIV.

INFIDEL

PHILOSOPHY..................................................110

CHAPTER XV.

INQUIRY, ARE THE EVILS INCIDENT TO HUMAN LIFE THE RESULT OF THE

OPERATION OF THE LAWS OF NATURE; OR, ARE THEY SPECIAL JUDGMENTS

FROM

GOD?.........................................................115

CHAPTER XVI.

CHRISTIAN

DEVIL.....................................................127

CHAPTER XVII.

DEATH, OR THE DISORGANIZATION OF INTELLIGENT

BEINGS.................136

CHAPTER XVIII.

PROPOSITION, THAT THE WANT OF UNIVERSALITY OF THE CHRISTIAN

RELIGION DEMONSTRATES THAT IT IS NOT OF DIVINE

ORIGIN.............146

CHAPTER XIX.

THAT MORAL PRINCIPLES ARE NOT FOUNDED UPON THEOLOGICAL IDEAS,

NOR UPON ANY SECTARIAN MODIFICATION OF THESE IDEAS, BUT UPON A

BASIS AS IMMORTAL AND INDESTRUCTIBLE AS HUMAN EXISTENCE

ITSELF....153

CHAPTER XX.

UNIVERSAL

BENEVOLENCE...............................................158

CHAPTER XXI.

MOSES, JESUS, AND

MAHOMET...........................................163

CHAPTER XXII.

PREJUDICES..........................................................1

67

CHAPTER XXIII.

MORAL

PRINCIPLE.....................................................173

CHAPTER XXIV.

MATTER AND POWER; ORIGIN OF MOTION; LIBERTY AND

NECESSITY...........181

CHAPTER XXV.

COMMENCEMENT OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY; CHRISTIANITY; DEISM;

REASON; SCIENCE; VIRTUE;

HAPPINESS................................192

CHAPTER XXVI.

PHILOSOPHICAL

IMMORTALITY...........................................201



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