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counted for in Moses's History; when he relates this as a Punishment for the Disobedience of our first Parents. I could yet urge farther, in behalf of this History of the Fall, the Slowness of the Education of Children, and their natural Imbecillity above all other Creatures, the Subjection of the Woman to the Man, our Antipathy to viperous Animals, if you can have Patience to hear them; and which can never be accounted for but by the Mofaick History.
Phil. You need not bespeak my Patience, Sir, at any Time for your Discourse; but I think by the Arguments you have brought upon this Subject, you have proved it strenuously enough: And the Night draws on, and therefore I must hasten away. My hearty Thanks, Sir, for the Pains you have taken towards converting a poor Infidel; and at your Leisure I will take another Opportunity, to be farther Catechised.
R EDENTIUS thinking himself ooi
liged to return the Visit which Philoloagus had lately given him, after a small | Walk of half a Mile, his House lying from Credentius's, but at that Die
stance ; he very opportunely hears that Philologus was retired to his Study after Dinner, and not suffering the Servant to give him the Disturbance of calling him down, he with his wonted Familiarity, enters upon him there. The Room it self was adorned with all the beautiful Paint and Figures which a skilful Hand could add, and the Books were methodically ranged into various Classes, under the Images of ancient Philosophers
and and Poers, and fome other celebrated modern Writersa Nor was there wanting any Greek philosophical, or philological Writer down from Homer to Pletho ; and all the Latin Claflicks stood in the exactest Order, and the most cúrious Binding; and what yet commended them most, they were chiefly of the charming Editions of Aldus, the Stephani, and Vascofanus. Here were all the learned Adversaria, Dissertations, &c. of the famous Philologers of this, and the last Age, Trapezuntius, Valla, Volateranus, the Scaligers and Cafaubons ; here was a Collection of every Thing curious in the Philosophy of the Moderns up to Petrarch and Mirandula; all the Wits of our own and the neighbouring Nations, every Thing ufeful and delicate in the Mathemnaticks and Poetry, most fingular Sets of the modern History, Maps, and Travels ; in short, a wellchosen Collection of the most refined and pleasing Authors, which may tend to render the Study of a Gentleman agreeable, and to heighten his Genius. Philologus drawing à Chair for him to fit down, according to his wonted Pleasantness, tells Credentius, he was heartily glad to see him ; but for Entertainment he must expect the same that he gave him the other Day, endeavouring always to write af ter so good a Copy as Credentius, so that he must expect to be treated only with Discourse : Adding withal, that the Entertainment too of that Nature would be very mcan, and be no tolerable Recompence for that instructive Discourse he was pleased to afford him the other Day, which he protested had made him ever since both wiser and better.
Cred. I perceive, Sir, you retain still fo much of the Complemental Strain, that I have not yet brought you tip to the plain Sincerity of that Religion I am Advocate for. And if you find any forcible Conviction in the Arguments I then urged, you must attribute that to the evident Truth of our Religion, and not to my Manage ment.
Phil. I would not have you, Sir, conclude too fast neither, my Head is not so fill of Revelation yet, as to swallow the whole Dc Etrine of the Bible without chew
m . ing. Truly, Sir, I am a Kind of an obstinate Heathens I-ihall hold out my Infidelity to the last, and Faith inust gain me by Inches, or not at all. You indeed have defended ftrenuously enough the History of the Creation and the Fall ; but this tends no more to make a Man a Christian, than to make him a Jew. I expect to have the Reasonableness of the New Covenant, as you call it, made clear to me, and the Mediatorship in all its Particulars. I must demand an Account, why simple natural Religion, should not perform as acceptable a Service to God Almighty, as when 'tis cumbered with Jewish and Christian Rites; why God should not as well be pleased with a Man's doing his Duty himself as for the sake of a Mediator ; and to what Purpose a Man must be forc'd to believe the Inspiration of a few Books wrote I know not when, and by I know not whom; and which, for the most part, tell us no more but what natural Religion told us before. Therefore by your Leave, Credentiùs, I will attack you, I. With the Sufficiency of natural Re- Particulars ligion in general towards the Worship of God, and a of the Congood Life. 2. In Opposition to the Mediatorship of Christ. 3. In Oppolition to the Writings of the Bible.
Of Natural Religion
: 'And now, Credentins, have at you upon the first'
Natural Religion, easy, first, and plain,
I protest the cunning Blades had a brave Time of it; when they could fill their Bellies at the People's Charge,