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W. H. FURNESS.

“A great deal is said about the beauty of the Scriptures, without

reference to any just principles of taste."

LONDON:

CHARLES FOX, 67, PATERNOSTER ROW.

MDCCCXXXVII.

STEVENS AND PARDON, PRINTERS,

BELL YARD, TEMPLE BAR.

PREFACE.

I HAVE endeavoured in this examination of the

Christian Scriptures to realize in a degree the state of mind with which they would be read by one who should open them for the first time. It is perhaps impossible completely to project the mind beyond the atmosphere which it has breathed from the cradle ; or it can only be done at the imminent hazard of transcending the true point of view. To weigh with equal independence and candour the claims of the religion of one's age and country requires an almost incredible effort, especially from those whose office it is to uphold, in one form or another, the established faith. I can only say that I am not ignorant of the biases to which an inquirer, born and

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