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A VARIETY OF
CHIEFLY SELECTED OUT OF THE PHILADELPHIAN
CALCULATED TO PROMOTE
TRUE RELIGION AND VIRTUE.
Compiled for the Use and Benefit of the
BY ABNER KNEELAND.
"AND GOD SAID, LET THERE BE LIGHT AND THERE WAS
PRINTED BY JOHN PRENTISS, FOR THE EDITOR.
PERMIT me, with the greatest candor and sincerity of heart, to solicit your attention to the importance of that religion, which is able to make you wise unto salvation; in the channel of which, all your happiness and felicity flow, both in this life and in that which is to
RELIGION is every way calculated for the good of mankind, and the peace of society, and I regret that there has been so much contention, persecution and bloodshed, on its account.
TRUE religion is that wisdom, which is from above, which is "First pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy," and therefore cannot be the cause of evil, or of any calamity whatsoever; yet there hath been men in all ages of the world, who, through a false idea about religion, and under a pretence of doing service to GoD and honor to his cause; and being destitute of the spirit of truth, which alone consisteth in JESUS CHRIST, have run into the most atrocious crimes, being filled with malignity against all those who did not think and worship exactly with themselves, which hath lead them on to persecution and murder.