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• This, as we say, must have been the case in diabolic possessions, where the Body only was thus supernaturally affected. Yet in those, where the mind alone, or equally with the body, suffered by these disorders, I confess, we might expect some extraordinary marks or symptoins of supernatural Agency, when it was for the purpose of the EVIL SPIRIT to display his Power. Here the immaterial principle within us affords larger room, and more conveniences to be acted upon, by an exterior agent: although the irregular efforts of the mind itself are so wonderful as to be frequently mistaken for a foreign agency.

Yet this notwithstanding, there are, in these mental disorders, powers exhibited, that can never be mistaken, by a careful observer, for its own.

Some of which, are, in fact, recorded to have been exerted; in order, as it were, to confute these learned men, who seem to think we ought to reject all diabolic possessions but such as are ascertained by Symptoms supernatural.

An instance of such we have in* the Damsel possessed with the Spirit of DIVINATION, who brought her Master much gain by SOOTHSAYING. This Woman, Paul dispossessed, and so spoiled her Master's trade; who theres upon raised a fierce persecution against the Apostle.

The symptoms of Divination and Soothsaying, that is, telling of things absent, and foretelling things future, were certainly supernatural; and, for such, must be acknowledged by the Objectors; who I hope will not yet forget the Personages, they have assumed, of Believers : against whom only this reasoning on the Demoniacs is directed and addressed.

Having now seen what these learned Writers have to oppose to my System of the Gospel-Demoniacs :

I crave leave, in the next place, to bespeak their attention to what I have to urge against theirs. Enough hath been said to shew that this is no trifling or unimporant Question.

The untoward consequences being these, which unavoidably follow the Concession, that Jesus and his Dis.

Acts xvi. 16, & seq.

ciples did only accommodate themselves to the fanciful and superstitious opinions of the times, in placing natural distempers in the visionary Class of Supernatural.

1. Unbelievers may conclude (and by too many they will be supposed not to conclude amiss) that much advaniage is hereby gained over the Evidences of our Faith.-While it is believed, from the testimony of the Evangelists, that Jesus cast out Devils, and healed such as were possessed with them, that plausible subterfuge against his miraculous cures, which pretends that the relief afforded *

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* See Sermon On the Fall of Satan, (vol. x. of this Edit.) which completes this Note.

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Ko The Reader will pleuse to observe, that to the fole lowing INDEX, is-"subjoined un. Alphabetical List of AUTHORS, &c. quoted in The Divine LEGATION; which quotations are not referred to in the Inder.

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iii. 342

iv. 438

V. 394

son Isaac

vi. 3--24

vi. 10
vi. 14

A.
ABIMELECH, account of him

vol. iv. p. 88
Abraham, a brief historical view of the call of God to him and

his family
by some authors taken for Zoroaster

iv. 366
- supposed by M. Fourmont to be Cronon
the true meaning of the blessing pronounced on him,

pointed out
exposition of the history of the command to sacrifice his
- explanation of Our Father Abraham wished to see my
day

vi. 6
summary of his history
the import of God's revelation to him explained
in what sense said by Christ to have seen his day, vi. 23.31
reply to objections against the historical truth of his re-

lation
three distinct periods of his history pointed out
an advocate for toleration
summary of his history

vi. 185
Abraxus, (Egyptian Amulet) described
Academics and Pyrrhonians, their principles compared, iii. 47
Academies, Greek, their founders and various sects

ibid.
on what principles erected -
Academy Old and Peripatetics, their conformity -
Academy, Old and New, their conformity -
Actions, signal instance of divine instruction conveyed by

them in the case of Abrahain
typical and significative distinguished
their eloquence illustrated by an anecdote from the Spartan
history

vi, 168
and by another from the Roman history
VOL. VI,

DD

Adoption,

vi. 30

vi. 32
vi. 148

iv. 176

jji. 54

iii. 140

ji. 97

vi. 3

vi. 45

vi, 169
ji.91

ii. 174

ii. 98

ii. 172

ji. 209

- iv. 229

-

iii. 293

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402
Adoption, account of the practice of, in ancient and modern
times

-
Aloration, Prideaux's account of the ancient form of, iv. 199
Æmiliunus, character of -
Ineus, exposition of the story of his descent into hell, ii. 78

enquiry into the nature of the poem of the Æneid, ibid.
the image of a perfect lawgiver conveyed in him, i. 85
personally alludes to Augustus
description of his shield

ii. 160
Æsculapius, observation on the ancient story and character

of -
Africans, deductions from their knowledge of a future state

notwithstanding their barbarisın
Alcaus, why confounded with Hercules
Alexander the Greai, the probable motive of his commu-

nicating to his mother the secrets of the myste-
ries

ii. 26
the stories of the exploits of Bacchus and Hercules in

the lodies desigoed to aggrandize him - iv. 228
Allegories, often imputed when never intended

ji. 206
- for what purpose introduced in the ancient Pagan-
ism

iii. 289
adopted by Christians in the interpretation of Scrip-

ture
controversial reflections on their nature with reference to

Job, and the Ode of Horace, O Navis referunt,v. 447
--- religious, distinguished

argument deduced from the general passion for, vi. 101
Alliance of Church and State, mutual inducements to enter

into
fundamental article in

ii. 282
Alphabets, origin of, accounted for
- political

sacred
reason for discrediting the notion of their invention by
the Israelites-

: iy. 162
invention of, prior to the time of Moses

ibid.
--- Hebrew, formed by Moses from an improvement on the

Egyptian
America, remarks on the religion of the Natives of, i. 304
the forests oi, a good nursery for philosophers and free-

thinkers
- remarks on the language of
Amos, a clear description of a particular providence quoted
froin the book of

V. 137
Anatomy, practised and studied by the ancient Egyp-

vi. 48

ji, 272

iv. 131.153

iv. 153
iv. 157

iv. 163

ii. 331
iv. 413

-

tians
Ancients, enquiry into their opinions concerning the immor-
tality of the soul .

iii. 148
Animal

iv. 103

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