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chean or Zoroastrian error, the confutation of which was one of the Author’s chief ends in writing. For if there be two principles in Man, a good and evil, it is natural to think him the joint produćt of the two Manichean Deities (the first of which contributed to this Reason, the other to his Pasions) rather than the creature of one Individual Cause. This was Plutarch's opinion, and, as we may see in him, of some of the more ancient theistical Philosophers. It was of importance, therefore, to reprobate and subvert a notion that served to the support of so dangerous an error: And

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