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Cruth in its Batiue Loveliness.

BY

REV. DO HOLMES, A.M. Boru at Newburgh, Nay, march 10,1810

Diefat Battle round, Indiana, Nov. 14,1873. Menuber of rotharst Indiana Conference of the

Tethodist Episcopal Church

• What is truth?"-PILATE.

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life." Jesre. “When I speak of Christian theology as a science, it should not be deemed as involving any unholy blending of things sacred and profane together :

I design by it to express the deep conviction, that the truths of revelation have a harmonious connection and inter-dependency with each other, and that it is competent to bring them all into one intoiligent system, possessing completo philosophical unity."

DR. HICKOK

AUBURN:
WILLIAM J. MOSES.

1855.

PUBLIC LIBRARY

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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1851, by

D. HOLMES,

In the Clerk's Office for the Northern District of New York.

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The character of the following work is so fully revealed in the table of “ Contents,” that little need be added by way of preface. The leading design of the author has been to separate truth from error, and present it in so clear and convincing a light, that the honest inquirer will at once perceive that it is truth, and that whatever conflicts with it must be false.

There is little danger that false systems, or theories of religion will be adopted, if the mind have a clear perception of first principles. Where honest minds are conducted to erroneous conclusions, it is from indefinite views of first truths, or inability to perceive the relations of things, and accurately calculate moral results.

Some of the subjects discussed in the following pages are in their nature metaphysical and abstruse. It has been the aim of the writer to simplify these, and bring them even within the apprehension of the common reader, and also to show how they combine and harmonize with other truths with which the common mind is more familiar.

Should this humble effort contribute in any degree to overthrow error, and establish truth in any mind sincerely inquiring for it, the writer will have received his reward.

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