into the world as soon as ever Adam had fallen ? Why were four thousand long years of sin and misery and ignorance allowed to cover the race of mankind ? or why was a twilight of revelation made to the Jews, and to the Jews only, while the rich and renowned and learned countries of Greece, and Persia, and Rome, were doomed to sit in darkness, and to languish under their Creator's displeasure ? That small and stubborn nation of Israel, — why were they favoured above all their fellow men? and when the Sun of Righteousness at length arose, when, after ages of expectation, the promise of a Redeemer was performed, why was the light confined to so small a portion of the world, as that which now professes Christianity? Why were not truths, more precious than the light of day, diffused like the daylight universally? Why has not Chris- tianity dispelled the darkness of the Indian nations, or pierced the wild deserts of Africa and America ? If the faith be necessary, why is it offered to so few ? If it may be dispensed with, why is it offered at all ?" Such are the questions, which many unbelievers have brought against the faith of Christ. I will examine them in order ; and it is my hope, — by the help of His grace, and by the Holy Scriptures, and by that reason which He has dispensed to mankind as a natural witness of His power, "the candl; J&i? as Solomon calls it, " of the Lord," — by these helps, CHRISTMAS DAY. S I trust to make it evident, that the conduct of Providence, which they blindly condemn, has been perfectly agreeable to the rules of human justice, and is a degree of mercy beyond the utmost point to which human love could attain.