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Infallible Proof from Four Rules
In a LETTER to a Friend.
By a Lover of TRUTH.
Magna eft Veritas, & Prevalebit,
Printed in the Year MDCCLV.
124. f. 6
condole with your unhappy Circumstances of
being placed amongst such Company, where, as you say, you continually hear the Sacred Scriptures, and the Histories therein contained, particularly of Mofes and of Christ, and all revealed Religion, turned into Ridicule, by Men who set up
for Sense and Reason. And they say, That there is no greater Ground to believe in Chrift, than in Mahomet : That all these Pretences to Revelation are Cheats, and ever have been, among, Pagans, Jews, Mahometans, and Christians : That they are all alike Impositions of cunning and defigning Men, upon the Credulity, at first, of simple and unthinking People; till, their Numbers increasing, their Delusions grew popular, came at last to be establish'd by Laws; and then the Force of Education and Cujo. gives a Bias to the Judgments of After-Ages, till such Deceits come really to be believ'd, being receiv'd upon Truft from the Ages foregoing, without examining into the Original and Bottom of them: Which these our modern Men of Sense (as they desire to be efteem'd) say, that they only do ; that they only have their Judge ments freed from the slavish Authority of Precedents and Laws in Matters of Truth, which, they say, ought only to be decided by Reafon : Tho', by a prudent Compliance with Popularity and Laws, they preserve themselves from Outrage and legal Penalties; for none of their Complexion are addicted to Sufferings or Martyrdom.
Now, Sir, that which you desire from me, is some short Topic of Reafon, if such can be found, whereby, without running to Authorities, and the intricate Mazes of Learning, which breed long Disputes, and which these Men of Reafon deny by wholesale, tho' they can give no Reason for it, only suppose that Authors have