able and prefumptuous to expeEt that men lhould be able to comprehend or explain the mode in which the Divine attributes exilt or operate. We know by intuition as well as induction, that the will of man is free: and we know from the accomplifhment of Prophecies, as well as by the exprefs claims and declarations of the Divine Being, that all Futurity lies open to his immenfe furvey. And thele truths, if Teparately proved, muit undoubtedly be confiltent with each other, however inconfiltent or irreconcileahle they may appear to our weak and limited capacities. But even if it‘ fhould be allowed that the free-will of man, and the fore-knowledge of Deity, when underltood in its utmoft latitude, are exprefs contradictions, it would {iurely be much leis de- rogatory to the honor and glory of Almighty God to acknowledge, that the attribute of pre- iicience is not abfolutely and {triEtly' {peaking without limitation, than to alTert the exiflence

of it in fuch a fenle, as to imply the impofii‘

bility of imparting to man freedom of agency, the glorious and ineftimable privilege of felf- determination. If it is in the nature of things impolhble that the attribute of prefcience can fublilt in its iiulleit extent without depriving men of that faculty which can alone render them mo- ral or accountable" agents; with profound fub- rnillion and reverence we may venture to affirm,

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