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PREFACE.

This course of Lectures on Christianity and Positivism was delivered, by appointment, as the second course on the foundation established in the Union Theological Seminary by Mr. ZEBULON STILES Ely, of New York, in the following terms :

"The undersigned gives the sum of ten thousand dollars to the Union Theological Seminary of the city of New York, to found a Lectureship in the same, the title of which shall be 'THE ELIAS P. ELY LECTURES ON THE EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY.'

"The course of Lectures given on this foundation is to comprise any topics that serve to establish the proposition that Christianity is a religion from God, or that it is the perfect and final form of religion for

man.

"Among the subjects discussed may be, The Nature and Need of a Revelation;

'The Character and Influence of Christ and his Apostles ;

" The Authenticity and Credibility of the Scriptures, Miracles and Prophecy;

"The Diffusion and Benefits of Christianity; and

"The Philosophy of Religion in its Relation to the Christian System.

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CHRISTIANITY AND POSITIVISM :

A SERIES OF

LECTURES TO THE TIMES

ON

NATURAL THEOLOGY AND APOLOGETICS.

DELIVERED IN NEW YORK, Jan, 16 TO MARCH 20, 1871, ON THE “ELY

FOUNDATION" OF THE UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY.

BY

JAMES McCOSH, D.D., LL.D.,

PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY, PRINCETON.

LONDON:

MACMILLAN AND COMPANY.

1871.

130 f. 79 .

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