er. This diversity of opinion, on a subject so all-im-portant, proves a deficiency some where; for eithermankind have not sufficient evidence of the being andperfections of God, or they have been, and still arecriminally inattentive to the evidence, which is ex-hibited before them. God requires mankind to knowand love him ; and considers ignorance of himself agreat sin. But according to all our natural notionsof equity, that is an unreasonable law, which requireslove to a being we do not know, and at the same timeare destitute of those means of information, which areabsolutely necessary to form just conceptions of him.But where there is full and abundant evidence of anytruth constantly held up before our eyes, particularlyof the being of God, our reason and conscience mustcondemn us for not knowing and loving him. Theapostle has given a divine sanction to this sentimentin these words, " For the invisible things of him, fromthe creation of the world, are clearly seen, being un-derstood by the things which are made, even his eter-nal power and Godhead, so that they, (that is the heath-en) cire without excuse," — Truly without excuse " inchanging the glory of the incorruptible God into im-ages like unto corruptible man, and to birds, andOn Creation. 3fourfooted beasts, and creeping things." The Psalm-ist had the same sense of this matter. " The heavensdeclare the glor}'^ of God, and the firmament showethhis handy work." On this very principle it is, thattlie apostle condenms the heathen world for their idol-atry, because the visible creation, the sun, moon, andstars, and indeed every object they beheld, were dis-plays of Almighty power — of infinite wisdom andgoodness.DOCTRLYE.