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original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1813. Not
illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAP. V. Of a State of Probation, as
intended for Moral Discipline and Improvement. From the
consideration of our being in a probation-state, of so much
difficulty and hazard, naturally arises the question, how we came
to be placed in it. But such a general inquiry as this would be
found involved in insuperable difficulties. For, though some of
these difficulties would be lessened by observing, that all
wickedness is voluntary, as is implied in its very notion, and that
many of the miseries of life have apparent good effects, yet when
we consider other circumstances belonging to both, and what must be
the consequence of the former in a life to come, it cannot but be
acknowledged plain folly and presumption, to pretend to give an
account of the whole reasons of this matter; the whole reasons of
our being allotted a condition, out of which so much wickedness and
misery, so circumstanced, would in fact arise. Whether it be not
beyond our faculties, not only to find out, but even to understand,
the whole account of this; or, though we should be supposed capable
of understanding it, yet, whether it would be of service or
prejudice to us to be informed of it, is impossible to say. But as
our present condition can iu no wise be shewn inconsistent with the
perfect moral government of God; so religion teaches us we were
placed in it, that we might qualify ourselves, by the practice of
virtue, for another state, which is to follow it. And this, though
but a partial answer, a very partial one indeed, to the inquiry now
mentioned, yet is a more satisfactory answer to another, which is
of real, and of the utmost importance to us to have answered-- the
inquiry, What is our business here? The known end, then, why we are
placed in a state of so much affliction, hazard, ..
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