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"Je sais que Dieu a voulu que les vérités divines entrent du coeur dans
LONGMANS, GREEN, READER, AND DYER.
REV. JOHN HAMILTON THOM,
THE EXPRESSION OF A HEART
ENLARGED BY HIS FRIENDSHIP
AND OFTEN AIDED BY HIS WISDOM,
IN MEMORY OF
MANY LABOURS LIGHTENED BY PARTNERSHIP,
PURPOSES INVIGORATED BY SYMPATHY,
AND THE VICISSITUDES OF YEARS
CONSTANCY OF AFFECTION.
TO THE FIRST SERIES.
In a little work* published seven years ago, the Author of the following Discourses intimated a desire to work out for himself and present to his readers, a distinct answer to the question, What is Christianity?' and the work then put forth was designed as a mere preliminary to another, in which this great inquiry should be prosecuted. The purpose then announced still remains, and the materials for its execution are for the most part prepared. The present volume, however, is not offered as any part of its fulfilment; but rather in temporary apology for its non-fulfilment.
Of his reasons for withholding for a time that promised volume, this is not the proper place to speak at any length. A change in some of his views, and the consciousness of immaturity in others, have
* The Rationale of Religious Enquiry; or the Question stated of Reason, the Bible, and the Church.