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certain, we can have no satisfactory ideas of that which has no existence.

Notwithstanding this assurance, there will confeffedly be, more safety and sincere pleasure in the distinct and precise ideas we form of our intellectual selves. The dignity and great intention of our rational powers will be more conspicuous, as we shall enter with greater precision into the divine scheme of rule and govern

The more familiar we are with ourselves and the constitutions of our Maker, the better established will be our ferenity and self-enjoyment; which truth may be taken from the mouth of Eliphaz, Job. xxii. 21. Acquaint now thyself with bim and be at peace : thereby GOOD hall come unto thee. And as Elihu adviseth, let us choose to us judgment : let us know among ourselves what is GOOD.

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Job xxxiv. 4. Or as Paul; Examine we ourselves---prove our own selves. I Cor. xiii. 5. Nor is the subject of a future-state beyond the reach of chri{tian knowledge; for the gospel was written, that we might know, that we have eternal life. 1 Joh. v. 13.

Perhaps, there are no subjects which are either more scientific, more interesting, or more entertaining.

The inethod in which the survey is conducted, lies in this direction.

Ch. I. Principia are taken from Dr.

S. CLARKE's letters to Dodwell :
which give a clear idea of consci,
ousness, and the metaphysical ar-
gument for the soul's immateria-
ļity. Some estimate is made of
those representations.

Ch.

Oh. II. Dr. Coward's reasonings on

the materiality of the human soul, as stated in his second thoughts ;

remarked upon.

III. A capital branch of the Doctor's

argument, in the former Volume of his Search after Souls; which affects, most apparently, the mo

ral system: critically considered. IV. Observations, in Doctor RobinJon's philosophical and scriptural

inquiries ; examined. V. Extracts from Mr. BAXTER's in

quiry into the nature of the human soul, wherein the immateriality is evinced from principles of reason and philosophy.—The use and importance of them, in

the argument. VI. Lemmata, or nine theological

propositions ; which are supposed to have their support on the New

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Testament doctrine. -To which is annexed, in contrast, Dr. Law's scheme, in his appendix, on which he would defend the sleeping hy

pothesis. VII. An essay to ascertain the real

condition of the christian, during the mediatorial kingdom of Jesus: which neither fupposes a state of sleeping, nor of separation after death. The whole argument is offered, in confutation of the scheme advanced by modern de

fenders of a sleeping-state. VIII. Some moral and divine instruc

tions.

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The interpretation in the esay may be somewhat fingular ; and therefore it is hoped all proper allowances will be made, and the attempt treated with candour, though it should be

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found to be no better than a conjectural plan ; since it aims at removing obscurities, and reconciling the various scriptural representation given of the doctrine.

That I have taken no more notice of Doctor COWARD's Second Volume of bis Search after Souls, is, because of its being chiefly polemical; and little in it additionally advanced, of weight to his reasoning in the second thoughts, and former volume of the search, &c.

That second volume of the Search, &c. 4to. consists, of

112

1. A reply to a letter dated August

15. 1702. and contains

pages. 2. Observations upon Doctor Ni

cholls's conference with a Theist.

contains 124 pages.

3. Ob

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