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TOWARD

AN ARRANGEMENT OF THE PROOFS

OF THE

BEING OF A GOD,

AND OF

FACTS ILLUSTRATIVE OF HIS ATTRIBUTES:

WITH A

SOLUTION OF DIFFICULTIES,

ESPECIALLY

IN REFERENCE TO PROVIDENCE.

BY

ALEXANDER DUNCAN,

MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL, MID-CALDER.

Πατηρ των φωτων, μονος σοφος,
παντοκρατώ2

EDINBURGH:

THOMAS AFFLECK ; WAUGH AND INNES; AND

THOMAS IRELAND, JUNIOR :
AND PATERSON AND RUTHERGLEN, GLASGOW.

A. BALFOUR AND CO., PRINTERS, NIDDRY STREET, EDINBURGA.

PREFACE.

The prefixed Subject of the following Essay is given in the precise terms in which it was announced to the public, a considerable number of years ago, when competition was invited for the Burnet prizes. It is understood that about fifty Essays were sent to the appointed Judges, who were connected with the University of Aberdeen. The author is not ashamed of having failed in competition with the two eminent divines to whom the honours of success were awarded,—the one Dr. Brown, Professor of Divinity and Principal of Marischal College,—the other Mr. Sumner, afterwards advanced to a high place in the Church of England. Among the Essays presented, not a few, doubtless, were worthy of being given to the public; but the authors seem to have been of a different opinion. Their publication, indeed, was not necessary, nor would it have been proper at that time. The Essay now offered, was laid aside, , and the author, though he did not conceal its existence from some intimate friends, never entertained the slightest idea of publishing it, till it was solicited for the purpose of commencing this Family Library,

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