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On the Being and Perfections of God.

On the Being and Perfections of God.

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This God is our God for ever and ever." — Psal. xlviii. 14.

This God is our God for ever and ever." — Psal. xlviii. 14.

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O THE BEIG AD PERFECTIOS OF GOD. BY THE REV. DR. STYLES. This God is our God for ever and ever." — Psal. xlviii. 14. My brethren, the mechanics of this great metropolis, it is my province to commence a course of lectures, especially designed for your instruction in the high- est branches of practical knowledge which can possibly engage your thoughts, and which has, therefore, the most urgent claims upon your serious and devout con- sideration. The character of the times in which you live is highly favourable to your mental culture. It has raised you to a state of intellectual eminence, hitherto unknown to the classes of the commu- nity to which you belong, and this, as is perfectly natural, has inspired you with the ardent hope of improving your social condition. Already you begin to feel that knowledge is power; but this just axiom of philosophy you are in great danger of employing against yourselves, of misapplying to purposes subversive of your own happiness and injurious to the best interests of society. As yet, the knowledge you have acquired has merely awakened the thinking faculty, and raised you from the slumbers of ignorance. Your minds are partially illuminated with science, but you have scarcely at- tained to the grandeur of its higher prin- ciples, or to a rigid adherence to that
course which would secure to you all the benefits of its practical results. The things which you best understand you know but imperfectly — you are but learn- ing their rudiments, and from these your attention is diverted to other subjects, which you have not the means of under- VoL. L~36 standing, and in which you are likely to be misled by persons more pretending, but not less ignorant than yourselves ; or who, if they are better informed, aim only at some selfish or sinister object of their own, which they hope to realize by mak- ing you their dupes and victims. They attempt to dazzle your imagination by wild theories, rather than to inform your reason by sound principles. Their grand design is not to reform but to revolutionize, and to try the most visionary experiments, which cannot be attempted without sub- verting every government upon the face of the earth, and destroying the whole sys- tem of social order, not only in its frame, but in its principles. A chaos is a neces- sary preliminary to their new creation. Whatever is, must give place to an edi- fice of society which is to be built in perfect contempt of the former architec- ture, on the principles of a demoralizing necessity from which the oratory and the altar are to be excluded, whose materials are to consist, not of immortal men, but of mere machines operated upon by un- controllable circumstances ; these circum- stances to be first created by the redoubt-
able projector of the sublime absurdity. You will, my brethren, in a moment perceive that I here refer to the new scheme of society, which among your own class especially has obtained so many supporters. Of its author I know nothing. Were it not for the atheism and the consequent materialism which disgrace the entire system, and which he 2 A 2 281 282 THE BRITISH PULPIT. maintains are essential to its success, I should pronounce him to be an amiable enthusiast, whose imagination, darkened by the evils of the social state, and per- petually brooding over them, can devise no remedy but a perfectibility incompati- ble with the nature of that state, and which can never be even approached without the agency, which he not only disregards, but utterly contemns — I mean that of true religion. We admit, with the new theorists, that the face of society is deformed by a thou- sand blemishes, and that its fitful and irregular pulsation indicates that the whole head is sick and the whole heart faint. With them we feel that effectual, political, and moral remedies must be

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