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THE

COMPARATIVE COINCIDENCE

OF

REASON AND SCRIPTURE.

VOL. I.

THE

COMPARATIVE COINCIDENCE

OF

REASON AND SCRIPTURE.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON:

J. HATCHARD AND SON, 187, PICCADILLY.

1832.

LONDON:

IBOTSON AND PALMER, PRINTERS, SAVOY STREET, STRAND.

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PREFACE.

THE manuscript of which the contents of the following work is a very faithful copy, has lain for a long series of years concealed from public view. It was written by a person, who at an early age was instructed to keep the mind in an unprejudiced state; and carefully to avoid the imbibing the belief of any religious doctrines to which the reason could not fully assent; to diligently search the Scriptures, and where the assertions therein contained appeared to the investigator rational, to receive them--where they did not appear so, reject them; a research which occupied the unceasing attention of the Author for the long space of fifty years. The result of this inquiry was generally committed to writing in a desultory manner, but without any intention whatever of submitting the inferences and conclusions thereby produced to the inspection of

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