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LETTERS

UPON

DIVERS SUBJECTS IN THEOLOGY:

ADDRESSED TO

LICENTIATES, OR CANDIDATES,

POR

THE GOSPEL MINISTRY,

AND THE

AMERICAN YOUTH IN GENERAL.

BY WILLIAM M'GIRR.

PITTSBURGH:

PRINTED BY W. S. HAVEN, CORNER MARKET AND SECOND STREETS.

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1748718 PREFACE.

It is hardly necessary for the author of the following volume to make any excuse for its publication, since, notwithstanding the multiplicity of books on the same subjects for which this is principally designed, we have long believed that such a work was much needed; and especially to the youth, to whom it is chiefly dedicated—seeing the most part of works upon those subjects are sectional and partial. But this work is designed for all ranks and degrees of men. The doctrines on Theology are treated something different from the popular Theology of the day; which, if carried out practically, we believe it will raise the moral standard above what it now is.

Perhaps my style of writing may seem not only different, but even contrary to that which is generally used by the men called Divines, with which I am not concerned: inasmuch as I confess myself not only no imitator and admirer of the popular school Theology, but an opposer of it as such—by whose labor, I judge the Christian religion to be so far from being bettered, that it is rather destroyed.

N. B. Any person sending one dollar to the author's address, Beallsville, Washington County, Pa. will be entitled to one copy, free of postage.

LETTERS

UPON

Divers Subjects in Theology.

LETTER I.

Gentlemen : I have taken up my pen to address you on a variety of subjects, as I conceive it is all important that you should know the mind of Christ, seeing that you are preparing yourselves to become his ambassadors; it will then be your duty, in his stead, to persuade your fellow men to be reconciled to God. But unless you know the mind of Christ, it will be impossible for you to communicate it to others.

It is of the utmost importance, when an ambassador is sent by a prince on a mission to any foreign power, that he should be able to communicate the mind of his sovereign unto those to whom he is sent; for, should he add or diminish aught from his instructions, the consequences might be awful, in causing thousands of lives to be sacrificed. And if this be the case in temporal affairs, of how much inore consequence will it be in a spiritual relation, think ye, (seeing that the mind or soul is to exist beyond the grave,) should you add to or diminish from the mind of

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