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ABSALOM PETERS, D. D., AND SELAH B. TREAT.
PUBLISHED BY WM. R. PETERS, BRICK-CHURCH CHAPEL,
FRONTING THE CITY HALL,
ENTERED according to Act of Congress, in the year 1841, by
WM. R. PETERS, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District of
CONTENTS OF VOL. VI.
ART. II. BAPTISM:—THE INTER- Art. IX. ANGLO-Saxon LITERA-
2. Parker's Lectures on Univer-
Gaussen's Theopneustian : 87 6. Christian Experience,
7. Hall's Refutation of Baptist
8. Stephens' Travels in Central
9. Hallam's' Lit. of Europe, 241
Page 314, line 21, for nothing read "nothing.
SECOND SERIES, NO. XI.-WHOLE NO, XLIII.
THE PRIMITIVE STATE OF MANKIND.
An attempt to prove that the original or most ancient condition
of the human family was CIVILIZED, and nnt SAVAGE.
By Philip Lindsley, D. D, President of the University of Nashville, Tonnesco.
[Continued from Vol. IV., page 298.] I HAVE said that it can be proved from REASON, SCRIPTURE, and HISTORY, that the primitive state of the human race was civilized. I have shown how reason, prior to any investigation of facts, confirms the position, and how unreasonable is every other hypothesis. I have exhibited the scriptural account of man's creation; and exposed the absurdity of supposing that he could have proceeded from the hand of an infinitely wise, good and powerful Being, mature in his corporeal faculties, and yet destitute of mental furniture, or deficient in wisdom and intellect. Or, in other words, that he should have been formed only a full-grown infant ; and, in that helpless condition, have been left by his Creator to grope his way in this new world, friendless, ignorant, unprotected without a guide or instructor to aid in the gradual development of his rational powers, and in the attainment of that knowledge and skill which his situation imperiously demanded from the beginning; and without which he must either soon have perished, SECOND SERIES, VOL. VI. NO. 1.