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which was such a melancholy and awful Dispenfation towards so many Millions of innocent Creatures, should be known, in order to prevent the worst Thoughts of God from arising in the Minds of the constant Spectators of fo mysterious and gloomy a Dispensation ? But why then such a total Silence about it, for four Thousand Years together, and not one Word of it in all the Old Testament ;. nor one Word of it in all the four Gospels; and indeed not one Word of it in the whole Bible, but only as forced and wrung out by Dr. Tr's Arts of Criticism and Deduction, against the plainest and strongest Evidence !

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As to the Arguments, made use of by many late Writers, from the universal moral Sense, and the Reasons they offer from Experience, and. Obfervation of the Nature of Mankind, to shew that we are born into the World with Principles of Virtue; with a natural prevailing Relish, Approbation, and Love of Righteousness, Truth, and Goodness, and of whatever tends to the publick Welfare ; with a prevailing natural Disposition to dilike, to resent and condemn what is selfish, unjust, and immoral; and a native Bent in Mankind to mutual Benevolence, tender Compassion, &c. those who have had such Objections against the Doctrine of Original Sin, thrown in their Way, and desire to see them particularly considered, I ask Leave to refer them to a Treatise on the Nature of true Virtue, lying by me prepared for the Press, which may ere long be exhibited to publick View*. Hh

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* The Treatise here mentioned, it is apprehended, has been lately printed at Bofion in New England, though not yet Teceived.

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But if after all, Christ did not speak of this Doctrine often 'enough to fuit Dr. T.-7, he might be asked, Why he supposes Christ did no oftener, and no more plainly teach some of his (Dr. T-r's) Doctrines, which he so much insists on? As, That temporal Death comes on all Mankind by Adam and, That it comes on them by him, not as a Punishment or Calamity, but as a great Favour; being made a rich Benefit, and a Fruit of God's abundant Grace, by Christ's Redemption, who came into the World as a second Adam for this End. Surely, if this were so, it was of vast Importance, that it should be known to the Church of God in all Ages, who faw Death reigning over Infants, as well as others. If Infants were indeed perfectly innocent, was it not needful, that the Design of that

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Nature, or xarovége. QUTOV.—Grotius affirms, that the Philofophers acknowledged, it was con-natural to Men, to fin."

SENECA (Beref. 5. 14.) fays, Wickedness has not its first Be. ginning in wicked Practice; though by that it is first exercised and made manifef. 'And PLUTARCH (de Sera vindi&ta) says, Man does not first become wicked, when he first manifests himseif fo: but he hath Wickedness from the Beginning; and he shews it as soon as he finds Opportunity and Ability. As. Men rightly judge, that the Sting is not first ingendered in Scorpions when they frike, or the Poison in Vipers when they bite.--Pool's Synops. on Gen. viii. 21.

To which may be subjoined what JUVENAL says, - Ad Mores Natura recurrit

Damnatos, fixa et maturi nescia. Englished thus, in Profe; NATURE, a Thing fixed and not knowing how to change, returns to its wicked Manners:

WATTS, Ruin and Recovery.

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which was such a melancholy and awful Dispenfation towards so many Millions of innocent Creatures, should be known, in order to prevent the worst Thoughts of God from arising in the Minds of the constant Spectators of so mysterious and gloomy a Dispensation ? But why then such a total Silence about it, for four Thousand Years together, and not one Word of it in all the Old Testament ;. nor one Word of it in all the four Gospels; and indeed not one Word of it in the whole Bible, but only as forced and wrung out by Dr. Tr's Arts of Criticism and Deduction, against the plainest and strongest Evidence !

As to the Arguments, made use of by many late Writers, from the universal moral Sense, and the Reasons they offer from Experience, and Obfervation of the Nature of Mankind, to shew that we are born into the World with Principles of Virtue; with a natural prevailing Relish, Approbation, and Love of Righteousness, Truth, and Goodness, and of whatever tends to the publick Welfare; with a prevailing natural Disposition to disike, to resent and condemn what is felfish, unjust, and immoral; and a native Bent in Mankind to mutual Benevolence, tender Compassion, &c. those who have had such Objections against the Doctrine of Original Sin, thrown in their Way, and desire to see them particularly considered, I ask Leave to refer them to a Treatise on the Nature of true Virtue, lying by me prepared for the Press, which may ere long be exhibited to publick View*. Hh

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* The Treatise here mentioned, it is apprehended, has been lately printed at Bofion in New England, though not yet Teceived.

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