The substance of “The Age of Revelation” was written soon after the first appearance of the Age of Reason, in this country. The original design, was merely to guard a beloved child and intimate friend, against any skeptical doubts that might have been produced, by the many conversations that daily took place, when that book was first handed about in this city.
It was, at first, designed to be confined within the limits of a few page. Soon after, having occasion to review the subject, it opened itself in such a manner, that before I was aware of it, the bulk increased to a manuscript of a considerable size.
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It is written out of an anxious desire that our country should be preserved from the dreadful evil of becoming enemies to the religion of the Gospel, which I have no doubt would lead to the dissolution of government and the bonds of civil society .
What the author principally hopes for, is, to persuade current and future generations, and those who are but beginning to doubt or waver, to make the divine Scriptures their serious and attentive study ; and seek to understand the principles of the Gospel, before they pretend to judge of them, or to renounce them as untrue, or of but trifling importance. Thus they would do in any other science, and they cannot reasonably adopt a different practice in religion.
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