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from what seems to be revealed to us respecting
that mystery.

In the Third Part, or Appendix, will be found
a kind of stromata or panarium from my own
patristic reading, intended chiefly to excite the
Student's desire to learn more for himself of what
the early Fathers thought and wrote in days
when the Church's Theologians had to hold their
own against an adverse world.

I shall be very thankful if some who read these
pages find them helpful towards thinking out their
own thoughts into clearness, and defining to them-
selves the common theological terms which they
are daily using

COLLEGE GREEN, BRISTOL,

Advent 1875.

PART I.

FUNDAMENTAL DOCTRINES.

CHAPTER I.

The Doctrine of God's Existence.

THE time is coming, if it have not already come, when

the truths of Christianity will no longer be taken for granted; when even the most elementary doctrines of religion—the doctrine of a personal Creator, for instance —will be considered an open question. It has been so before, and it will be so again, perhaps in our own generation, only with this difference—that whereas in the last century the doubters were for the most part scoffers, whose bad lives deprived them of any right to be heard in a matter so sacred,' now in our century it is not so ; earnest seekers after truth, whose lives are as strictly moral as our own, are putting the question to us in all seriousness, Is it possible for man to have any knowledge of God? It is the old question put to Job, three thousand years ago or more, by Zophar the Naamathite, “Canst thou by searching find out God?” And it is the question put to the Christian by the Positivist and by the Materialist in our own day; and it behoves us to

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