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Search after Souls,
Dr. COWARD, Dr. S. CLARKE, Mr.
The principal Arguments for and against the
An ESSAY to afcertain the Condition of the Chriftian,
By CALEB FLEMING.
Printed for C. HENDERSON, under the Royal-Ex-
265. j. 12.
NICOLAS MUNCKLEY, M. D. Fellow of the College of Phyficians, and Fellow of the Royal-Society.
HE cafe and health, owing, under GOD, to that generous attendance which you have many years given my family; would be fufficient to justify this dedication. But when the performance has fo much to do with the fyftem of man, and with the metaphyfical writings of medical profeffors, the propriety is very confpicuous.
It is the bufinefs of the following fheets, to combat the material or mechanical hypothesis of the human Soul. Whatever inaccuracies, or greater defects, may meet your distinguishing
eye, in this furvey, they will the lefs offend; fince your patronage is not so properly fought, as an opportunity feized of publickly acknowledging your
Whether the theological opinions, herein advanced, fhall agree with, or differ from your own; the candour and ingenuity of your spirit will afsuredly fhew, that Dr. Munckley is an advocate of religious liberty.
With great efteem and obligation,
I am yours, &c.
HE univerfal opinion of the ftate of the pious dead, has been, that of an immediate felicity. Many chriftians have taught, that fouls of believers, are; at their death made perfect in bolinefs, and do immediately pafs into glory-fo far, I fhould conclude, they have not mistaken the doctrine of divine revelation. But when they added, to this article of faith, their bodies being fill united to Chrift, do reft in their graves until the refurrection: they appear, to me, to have mistaken very much in their interpretation.
Abfurdity feems to hang heavily on this opinion: and numbers difcern