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WORKS BY THE SAME AUTHOR,

FIRST PRINCIPLES OF MORAL SCIENCE ; A First Course

of Lectures delivered in the University of Cambridge. Crown 8vo. 8s. 6d.

MODERN UTILITARIANISM; or The Systems of Paley,

Bentham, and Mill, examined and compared. Crown 8vo. 6s. 6d.

MODERN PHYSICAL FATALISM, and the Doctrine of Evo-
lution, including an Examination of Mr Herbert Spencer's First Principles.
Crown 8vo. 6s.

THE DIFFICULTIES OF BELIEF in connection with the
Creation and the Fall, Redemption and Judgment. Second Edition, enlarged.
Crown 8vo. 5s.

AN ESSAY ON THE RIGHT ESTIMATION OF MSS.
EVIDENCE in the Text of the New Testament. Crown 8vo. 3s. 6d.

COMMENTARY ON THE BOOK OF ISAIAH. Second

Edition, revised. 8vo. 12s. 6d.

MACMILLAN AND CO.

THE BIBLE AND MODERN THOUGHT.
THE EXODUS OF ISRAEL.
HORAE APOSTOLICAE.

RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY,

THE WAYS OF GOD.
THE TREASURES OF WISDOM.

SEELEY, JACKSON & HALLIDAY.

SCRIPTURE DOCTRINE OF CREATION.
SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE.

THE SACRAMENTS, SCIENCE AND PRAYER.
CHRISTIAN B00K SOCIETY.

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REVELATION,

Or.

FIRST PRINCIPLES OF MORAL
THEOLOGY.

BY THE

REV. T. R. BIRKs,

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PROFESSOR OF MORAL THEOLOGY, CAMBRIDGE.

3Lombon :
M A C M I L L A N A N D CO.

1879

[The Right of Translation is reserved.]

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For forty-two years I have had the great privilege of unfolding and maintaining the great truths of the word of God both by speech and writing, as a clergyman of the English Church. For the future I expect to be restricted chiefly to the second means alone. The obligation to maintain and unfold Christian truth through the press is thus increased; especially since I hold the office of Professor of Moral Theology and Moral Philosophy in the University of Bacon, Newton, and Milton. Attacks have been made and are still in progress on Christianity and on all the foundations of our Christian empire, by three allied systems of error—Ultramontanism, Agnosticism, or Secularism, and the Liberationism, which would banish the name of Christ from the whole world of politics. At such a time, I would earnestly counsel the younger clergy, and the moral instructors of the next generation, lay or clerical, to lay to heart the charge of St Paul, just before his martyrdom, to Timothy, his son and companion in the faith. That

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