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IN BEHALF OF THE
VIEWS OF THE ETERNAL WORLD AND STATE,
DOCTRINES OF FAITH AND LIFE,
HELD BY THE BODY OF CHRISTIANS WHO BELIEVE THAT A
IS SIGNIFIED (IN THE REVELATION, CHAP. XXI.) BY
THE NEW JERUSALEM:
ANSWERS TO OBJECTIONS,
THOSE OF THE REV. G. BEAUMONT, IN HIS WORK :,,
ADDRESSED TO THE REFLECTING OF ALL DENOMINATIONS.
BY SAMUEL NOBLE,
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables. 2 Peter i. 16.
Beware therefore lest that come upon you which is spoken of in the prophets :
Acts xiii. 40, 41; Hab. i. 5.
The occasion and design of the following work are sufficiently explained in the Introductory Section; it is therefore unnecessary to say anything on those subjects here. But as the Author has arranged his materials in a form somewhat unusual, and differing from that which he would himself have deemed most eligible, some explanation of this circumstance may not be improper.
It was the wish of the Author that the work should contain a satisfactory elucidation of all the subjects discussed, and yet that it should be kept within a moderate compass and price. To accomplish the former object, as the views to be presented are so new to the world in general, it was necessary to conduct the investigations upon a rather extensive scale: to make, therefore, this compatible with the latter object, it was determined to introduce into the text, only such parts of the discussion as appeared most indispensable, and to throw all the subordinate and collateral inquiries and elucidations into the form of notes. And as it was found, towards the latter part of the work, thạt even under this arrangement the size of the volume was extending much beyond what was deemed eligible, it was thought advisable to dispose of the remaining articles of this kind in an Appendix, in which a much smaller type might be employed without injuring the appearance of the book. It would perhaps have been better if this plan had been adopted in the beginning, and all the long notes had been given in an Appendix; but the reason why the Author preferred to give the discussions thus introduced in the shape of notes, was, because he thought that they would, in that form, be more likely to be read; and he considers some of them to be equally necessary to his argument with what is offered in the text itself.