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Preached before the KING, March 23,

1717-18.

ACTs XVII. 22.
Tben Paul stood in the midst of Mars-bill, and

said, Ye Men of Athens, I perceive that in

all things Ye are too Superstitious. CUPPOSING the Word Superstitious to serm.

answer exactly to the Word in the Origi- I.

nal; yet, it does not seem rightly tranf-m lated here by the Expression too superstitious : because this carries along with it an Implication that there is a Degree of Superstition, not at all blameable; and that St. Paul in this Passage allows it; contrary to the constant Use of that Word amongst Us, in a bad Sense. The Greek Word for that Temper of Mind, relating to Religion, from which the Athenians are in our Translation denominated Superstitious, signifies a Dread of some Superior Being, or Beings; and commonly, an Unreasonable, Blind, and Gloomy, Dread of such Beings, lead

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SERM.ing to great and various Absurdities, about the 1. Methods of pleasing Them. And as the Word,

u sed by St. Paul, implies in it a Comparison of

the Athenians with Others; and therefore ought
to have been translated, more Superstitious than
ordinary ; or the like: I think, the Apostle may
be truly represented as speaking thus to Those
around Him,-“ Ye Men of Athens, I perceive
" that you are more thoroughly possessed with
- the Fear of Invisible Beings Superior to Us,
“ than I have found any Others to be. And
" this I conclude, from what I have observed
“ of the public Marks of your Worship appear-
“ ing in the City. For, besides your Altars to
“ numberless Deities with Names to them, in
“ which you agree with Others, all around
" you; I found an Altar inscribed to the Un-
known God: which uncommon Appearance
“ must be owing to a very extraordinary De-
“ 'gree of a dark, and uncomfortable Dread of
“ some Superior Being, though you know not
“ what : Whom you fear you may otherwise
“ be thought to have neglected,” &c. .

But, as it is my present Design to take Occasion from the Words of the Text, as they stand in Our Translation, to speak in such a manner upon the Subject of Superstition, as may be of general Use, and Service, to All Christians, in the great Affair of True Religion ; I Thall not enter farther into any Critical Enqui

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ries about the precise Meaning of the Words in 8 e RM. the Original; or the whole Intention of St. Paul, 1.. in this Discourse : but shall endeavour, m

I. To say Something about the Nature of Superftition, considered as a Vice, to be avoided by All.

II. To point out the True Remedy of it. And, III. To apply what I shall have said, to Christians, and to the present State of Cbristianity in the World.

I. I will endeavour to give you some Account of the Nature of Superstition, considered as a Vice, to be avoided by All.

And, this having been much the same, both amongst Those who have not lived under any express Revelation from God, and Those who have; the General Account of it muft, I suppose, be given, entirely with Relation to that Faith, that Worship, and that Practice, to which, both these Sorts of Perfons might see themselves to be truly and strictly obliged, as their Religion, and Duty.

With respect therefore, to Heathens, the best Account I can, at present, think of, is this; That the Superstition of Heathens consisted in every Particular, which either their Fear, or their Folly; either the Strength of their Imagination, or the Weakness of their Judgment; or the Dee

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