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TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE.

The work here presented to the public, is the production of F. V. Reinhard, a native of Vohenstrauss a market town in the Dukedom of Sulzbach, for some time Professor Or. dinarius of Theology at Wittemberg, and finally Court Preacher with the honorary title of Oberconsistorialassessor at Dresden, where he died in 1812, in the 59th year of his age. His father was a pious and worthy clergyman of the place where he was born, and the first and principal instructor of his youth. Of course, the education which he received was strictly of an Evangelical cast, and, through the blessing of God, was a principal means of preserving him from continuance in the errors of skepticism into which he afterwards fell, and of rendering him the useful man in the cause of religion which he ultimately became. He was the most eloquent scholar of his age and the author of several works and about thirty volumes of sermons, all distinguished for a flowing style, lucid order, and clearness and fullness of thought. Of his works, the following is not the least conspicuous. The object which he had in view in composing it and the circumstances which first called it forth, are, in a few words, clearly stated in the introduction and the appendix, A and F. Still it may be interesting to some to have a more particular account of them. Protestant Germany, which had long been comparatively free from anti-christian writers, while England and France were deluged with them, had now begun to experience a reverse in this respect. J. C. Edelmann a native of Weissenfels, having passed through various seceding sects of the Evangelical church, then tried Atheism, and finally taken up with Pan

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