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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.

PROVIDENCE.
PUBLISHED BY SAMUEL W. WHEELER.

Cranston & Knowles, Printers.

1830.

BT 1101 •P5 Cop./

Rhode Island District, sc.

BE IT REMEMBERED, That on this tenth day of February, (L. Š.] 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.

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LECTURE

The existence of God proved by the works

evi-

Pature of

that service which he requires of mankind, and the moral fitness,

duty, necessity and advantages of Prayer.

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Text-JOB xxi. 15. “What is the Almighty, that we should

serve him ? and what profit should we bave if we pray unto him?"

LECTURE II.

The necessity of a Divine Revelation, drawn from the history of man,

with and without a revelation, contrasted.

TextIsaiah xl. 5. “The glory of the Lord shall be revealed,

and all flesh shall see it together."

LECTURE III.

Same subject continued.

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LECTURE IV.

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.

48

Text - Exodus üi. 11. “ And Moses said unto God, Who am 1,

that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the chil-

dren of Israel out of Egypt ?”

LECTURE V.

The History of the Deluge, supported by well established facts, and

the concurrent testimony of some of the most ancient nations. 59

Text-St. Luke xvii. 27 “ They did eat, they drank, they mare

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."

LECTURE VI.

Same subject continued.

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LECTURE VII.

The destruction of Sodom and the Cities of the Plain, proved by the

acknowledgment of early profane writers, and by evidences still

remaining on the spot.

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Text— II Peter ii. 6. “And turning the cities of Sodom and Go-

morrah into ashes, condemned them with an overthrow, making them

an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly."

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