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will not this sophistical bubble burst in an instant before a most simple consideration, pursued through its neceffary consequences ? By a common figure, and agreeably to the customary license of speech, we talk of the acts, or operations of one of the two conftituent parts

of man, as of the acts or operations of the whole. E. G. No foul sees me; or no body sees me ; every foul heard him; or no body heard him; are expressions used indiscriminately, not only in ordinary discourse, but in correct composition. The soul perceives the voice; the body is raised by divine power, and reunited to it. (bb)

Again : The learned prelate quotes the following words of the Apostle, in support of the doctrine of the resurrection as it is held in the Church. We must all appear before the judgment feat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in his body, accord. ing to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. To which his Lordship subjoins this question : CAN THESE WORDS BE UNDER

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THESE THINGS WERE DONE? “ Mr. L. answers, may suspend his deter“ mining the meaning of the Apostle to be, " that a finner shall suffer for his fins in the

very fame body in which he committed " them : because St. Paul does not say he “ shall have the very fame body when he suf“ fers, that he had when he finned. The

Apostle says indeed, done in his body. The

body he had, and did things in at five, or “ fifteen, was, no doubt, bis body, as much “ as that which he did things in at fifty was his body, though his body were not the very

Jame body at those different ages : and so “ will the body, which he shall have AFTER “ the resurrection, be his body, 'though it be “ not the very Jame with that which he had " at five, at fifteen, or fifty.”* Now agreeing with Mr. L. and the admirers of his doctrine upon this head, that “the body which a man « shall have after the resurrection,” according to their scheme, (for what shall be done in

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or at it, we are left to conjecture,) I say, agreeing with them, that this body will be his body, yet we would fain know in what sense he could be said to receive the things done in IT, or BY IT, according to another reading. A man has his body truly, if not numerically the same through life, under a greater or less variety of changes and modifications; but by Mr. L's train of reasoning, it should seem that a man may have his body before he is in poffeffion of it. Had the Apostle said, as a man fins in a body, so he shall suffer in a body, Mr. L's mode of arguing might have been admitted ; but as matters stand at present, it has evidently no logic to support it.

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you bring for the same body, says Mr. L. “ is, if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is not Cbrift raised. From which your

Lordship argues, IT SEEMS THEN OTHER

BODIES ARE TO BE RAISED AS HIS WAS. “I grant other dead as certainly raised as 23

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“ Christ was ; for else his resurrection would " be of no use to mankind. But I do not see “ how it follows, that they shall be raised “ with the same body, as your Lordship in« fers in these words annexed; AND CAN

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STANCE WHICH WAS UNITED TO HIS “ SOUL BEFORE? I answer, none at all ;

nor that it had just the same distinguished “ lineaments and marks, yea and the same " wounds that it had at the time of his death. " If therefore your Lordship will

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from “ other bodies being raised as his was, that

they must have proportion with his in SAMENESS, then we must believe, that

every man shall be raised with the same “ lineaments and other notes of distinction “ he had at the time of his death, even with “ his wounds yet open, if he had any,

be" cause our Saviour was so raised; which " seems to be scarce reconcileable with what

your Lordship says, of A FAT FALLING INTO A CONSUMPTION, AND DYING.”

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The wit here is not worth answering; and the fallacy of the paragraph was obviated in some of the foregoing observations. Suffice it to remark that the addition of one word in its proper place would have demolished all this fine fabric of reasoning. Mr. L. should have granted, that other dead and BURIED Thall “ as certainly be raised as Christ was.” In short, we affirm, on Scriptural authority, that at the last day the bodies of men shall really be raised. The article of the resurrection in our Creeds requires only this belief. We are neither concerned in niceties of conjecture, nor obliged to adopt Mr. L's. notion of identity. (cc)

But to return to. Dr. S. I admit that this learned writer has speciously enough reconciled a text or two * to his favourite tenet, which have been generally referred to the received doctrine. But shall plausibility be obtruded upon us for demonstration ? Shall it overturn the credit of other interpretations

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