tend to show at large in another Treatise, not thinking that discussion proper for the Vulgar Tongue.
Upon the whole, we are to remember, that some allowances are to be made for every Hypothesis that is
new-propos'd and untri'd, and that we ought not out
of levity of wit, or any private design, discountenance
free and fair Essays, nor from any other motive, but
the only love and concern of Truth.
Concerning the Author of Nature.
SEeing the Theory which we have propos'd in this
Work is of that extent and comprehension, that
it begins with the first foundation of this World, and
is to reach to the last Period of it, in one continued
Series or chain of Nature; It will not be improper,
before we conclude, to make some reflections and remarks what Nature is, and upon what Superiour Causes she depends in all her Motions and operations:
And this will lead us to the discovery of the Author of
Nature, and to the true Notion and state of Natural
Providence, which seems to have been hitherto very
much neglected, or little understood in the World.
And 'tis the more reasonable and fitting, that we
should explain these Notions before we shut up this
Treatise, lest those Natural Explications which we
have given of the Deluge, and other things, should be
mistaken or misappli'd; Seeing some are apt to run
away with pieces of a Discourse, which they think applicable to their purpose, or which they can maliciously represent, without attending to the scope or just
limitations of what is spoken.
By Nature in general is understood All the Powers
of Finite Beings, with the Laws establisht for their
action and conduct, according to the ordinary course
of things. And this extends both to Intellectual Be
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