THE THIRD BOOK.
THE Introduction; with the Contents and Order of
The true state of the Question is propos'd. 'Tis the general doctrine of the Ancients, That the present World, or
the present Frame of Nature, is mutable and perishable:
To which the Sacred Books agree: And natural Reason
can alledge nothing against it.
That the World will be destroy'd by Fire, is the doctrine
of the Ancients, especially of the Stoicks. That the same
doctrine is more ancient than the Greeks, and deriv'd from
the Barbarick Philosophy, and That probably from Noah,
the Father of all Traditionary Learning. The same doctrine expresly authoriz'd by Revelation, and inroll'd into
the Sacred Canon.