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on the subject of this essay, to consider, that the divine lawgiver was

ANSWER to QUERIES not delivering a system of religion

in our last. founded on abstract principles, but SIR, to

N answer to the enquiries of Senet, Stances and situation of the people I

the following brief reply is at your he was to govern. And knowing, that service. the belief of a future state of some sort was universal, especially among 1. The derivation given in Gen. xi.9. his own people, being part of the prie may be justified on the supposition mitive religion derived from Noah, he that the first a beth is not radical

, but held it not needfal to insist upon it. the prefix in-aviz. “Ini confusion." But as the heathen nations, in the waftertimes it is probable the Heamidst of whom the Israelites lived, then might endeavour to get rid of who had retained the knowledge of the disgrace of this etymology, by one supreme God from the same adopting another in which 5a Bel is source, had adapted the idolatrous taken for the proper namë of the idol, notion of many inferior deities be- and the prefix a Beth in the sense of ro; sides, who were the managers and unto, i. e. a temple into Bel, which dispensers of all things here below: agrees with the account of Heroditus, his chief business was to impress his and even with the deriration of Dri own nation with the knowledge of the Hager, the court of Bel. Nor is it at one true God, and the duty of looking all improbable that while the Hebrews up to and worshipping him alone, called it Babel in one sense, the Heaand no other besides him, in opposi- then might so call it in another. tion to the heathen ideas, that they were unregarded by the supreme 2. I know of no reason to suppose Being, and under the government of the passage interpolated. tutelar deities; and to teach them particularly by a code of laws for the 3. I should think it very ridiculous constant regulation of their conduct, to give up the authority of any anthat the Divine Being had a special tient writer, merely because we canregard to this world, and the moral not account for a few of his etymoloconduct of his creatures in it; and gies. made their present good and prosperity, to depend upon a strict ad- 4. I certainly prefer Moses to Heherence to him and to his statutes and roditus; but in this case I see no commandments: but this did not pre- contradiction. The suppositions of clude their being at the same time in- Senex are not improbable. fluenced by a view to the divine favour, or the fear of his displeasure in Those who wish for farther infora future world. So that virtually a mation on this curious subject, I would future life was the sanction of the law refer to Calmet's Dictionary (Tay: of Moses.

lor's new edition) under the word « This accounts for the omission of BABEL, and to the Fragments apthe express mention of a future state pended, No. civ. and cclxv. by Moses, without any of those in. genious hypotheses which have been framed for the solution of the diffi. culty.”

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