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IN DEFENCE OF
DELIVERED AT THE
UNIVERSALIST CHAPEL, IN PROVIDENCE, R. I.
BY DAVID PICKERING,
Pastor of the First Universalist Church and Society.
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time
PUBLISHED BY SAMUEL W. WHEELER.
Rhode-Island District, sc.
BE IT REMEMBERED, That on this tenth day of February, [L. S.] A. D. one thousand eight hundred and thirty, and in the fifty-fourth year of the independence of the United States of America, Samuel W. Wheeler, of said District, deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the following words to wit:
"Lectures in Defence of Divine Revelation, delivered at the Universalist Chapel in Providence, R. I. by David Pickering, Pastor of the First Universalist Church and Society."
"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the Prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things."
"Prove all things, hold fast that which is good.”—St. Paul.
In conformity to an act of Congress of the United States, entitled an act for the encouragement of learning by securing the copies of maps, charts and books to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the time therein mentioned," and also to an act entitled
an act supplementary to an act entitled an act for the encouragement of learning by securing the copies of maps, charts and books to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the time therein mentioned and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, etching and engraving historical and other prints."
BENJAMIN COWELL, Clerk of the Rhode-Island District.
The existence of God proved by the
dences drawn from physical science; togethe
that service which he requires of mankind, and the moral fitness,
duty, necessity and advantages of Prayer.
Text-JOB xxi. 15. "What is the Almighty, that we should
serve him? and what profit should we have if we pray unto him?"
The necessity of a Divine Revelation, drawn from the history of man,
with and without a revelation, contrasted.
Text-ISAIAH xl. 5. "The glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together."
The credibility of the Mosaic History established by the testimony
of profane historians, who have borne witness to some of the lead-
ing and most important facts which it contains.
Text-EXODUs iii. 11. "And Moses said unto God, Who am I,
that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the chil-
The History of the Deluge, supported by well established facts, and
the concurrent testimony of some the most ancient nations. 59
Text-St. Luke xvii. 27 "They did eat, they drank, they mar
ried wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe en-
tered into the ark: and the flood came and destroyed them all."
The destruction of Sodom and the Cities of the Plain, proved by the
acknowledgment of early profane writers, and by evidences still
Text-II Peter ii. 6. "And turning the cities of Sodom and Go-
morrah into ashes, condemned them with an overthrow, making them