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that ever I observ'd in any person. • The very name of GOD was never * mention'd by him without a Pause " and a visible Stop in his Discourse.
And, of the strictness and exemplariness of the whole course of his life, he says, “I might here challenge Ibid.
the whole Tribe of Libertines, p. 9.
to come and view the Usefulness, as • well as the Excellence of the Chri• ftian Religion, in a Life that was intirely dedicated to it.
Against the Atheists, he wrote his Free Enquiry into the receiv’d Notion of Nature (to confute the pernicious Principle of afcribing Effects to Nature, which are only produced by the infinite Power and Wisdom of God;) and also his Elay about final Causes of things Natural, to shew that all things in nature were made and contriv'd with great order, and every thing for its
proper End and Use, by an all-wise Creator
Against the Deists, he wrote a Treatise of Things above Reason; in which
he makes it appear that several things which we judge to be contrary to Reafon, because above the reach of our Understanding, are not therefore to be thought unreafonable, because we cannot comprehend them, since they may be apparently reasonable to a greater and more comprehensive Understand ing. And he wrote another Treatise, to show the Possibility of the Resurrection of the same. Body.
The Veneration he had for the Holy Scriptures, appears not only from his studying them with great Exactness, and exhorting others to do the same; but more particularly from a distinct Treatise which he wrote, on purpose to defend the Scripture-Stile, and to answer all the objections which Profane and Irreligious persons have made against it. And speaking of Morality consider'd as a Rule of Life, Life,
he says, 'I have formerly taken
pains to peruse Books of Morality ; yet since they have only a power to persuade, but not to com
mand, and Sin and Death do not neceffarily attend the Disobedience of them, they have the less Influence ;
for since we may take the liberty to ' question human Writers, I find that
the methods they take to impose their Writings upon us, may serve to countenance either Truth or Falshood.
His Zeal to propagate Christianity in the World, appears by many and ' farge Benefactions to that end; which are enumerated in his Funeral Sermon: " He was at the Charge of the • Translation and Impreffion of Life
P. 36. " the New Testament into the
Malayan Language, which he sent
over all the East-Indies. He I noble Reward to him that translated * Grotius's incomparable Book of the * Truth of the Christian Religion into
Arabic, and was at the Charge of a "whole Impression, which he took
care to order to be distributed in all " the Countries where that Language • is understood.: He was resolved to have carried on the Impreslion of the
· New Testament in the Turkish Lan
guage; but the Company thought it became them to be the Doers of it, and so suffer'd him only to give a large share towards it. — He was at
feven hundred Pounds charge Life, ' in the Edition of the Irish P. 37
Bible, which he ordered to be distributed in Ireland, and he contri.buted largely both to the Impressions • of the Welsh Bible, and of the Irish
Bible in Scotland. He gave during « his Life three hundred Pounds to • advance the design of propagating "the Christian Religion in America;
and as soon as he heard that the ' East-India Company were entertain
ing Propositions for the like design ' in the East, he presently sent an hun• dred Pounds for a Beginning, and an
Example, but intended to carry it • much further, when it should be set
on foot to purpose. He had design• ed, tho? fome Accidents did upon • great considerations divert him from settling it during his Life, but not
' from ordering it by his Will, that a e liberal Provision should be made for
one, who should in a very few welldigested Sermons, every Year set forth the Truth of the Christian Re
ligion, in General, without descend& ing to the Subdivisions amongst Chri• ftians; and who should be changed
every third Year, that so this noble
Study and Employment might pass ' through many Hands, by which
means many might become Masters • of the Argument.
In his younger years, he had thoughts of entring into Holy Orders, and one reason that determin'd him against it, was, that he believed he might in some respects be more ferviceable to Religion, by continuing a Layman;" His having no In* terests, with relation to Re- Life, ligion, besides those of fav- P. 37.. ing his own Soul, gave him, as he thought, a more unsuspected Authority in writing or acting on that Side. He knew the Profane Crew,