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and solid which we have ever .perused;" and the News of the Churches, the organ of the Free Church, describes it as “ a work of which nothing less can be said than that, both in spirit and substance, style and argument, it fixes irreversibly the name of its author as a leading classic in the Christian literature of Britain." An American critic says: “ His succinct analysis of the doctrines held by the various schools of modern atheism are admirable, and his criticisms on their doctrines original and profound; while his arguments in defence of the Christian faith against philosophical objectors are unsurpassed by those of any modern writer. Clear, vigorous, logical, learned, and strong as a Titan, he fairly vanquishes all antagonists by pure mental superiority; never understating their views or evading their arguments, but meeting them in all their force and crushing them.” Andther critic says: “It is a great argument for Theism and against Atheism, magnificent in its strength, order, and beauty. . . . . The style is lucid, grave, harmonious, and every way commensurate with the dignity and importance of the subject. The chapter on Pantheism is admirable. Regarding it as the most formidable rival of Christian Theism at the present day,' Dr. Buchanan seems to have specially addressed himself to the task of exposing and refuting this error. His statement of Spinoza's system is beautifully clear.”

The reader will find that there is no exaggeration in these encomiums. Hugh Miller, always felicitous in his choice of words, has exactly described the two leading characteristics of “Modern Atheism,” by the phrase "readable and solid.” Every one who begins the book will find himself drawn strongly 'onward to the end; and no one can rise from its perusal without a conviction that it contains a weight of argument against all the forms of Atheism such as never before has been combined in one book.

Should the reception of this volume by the public furnish sufficient encouragement, it is the intention of the publishers to issue the remainder of the work (“Faith in God,” &c.), in uniform style.

Boston, December, 1856.

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THEORY OF COSMICAL DEVELOPMENT, -"THE VESTIGES,"

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SECTION II.

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THEORY OF PHYSIOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT, —"TELLIAMED,”

- PHYSIO-PHILOSOPHY, .

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SECTION III.

THEORY OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT - AUGUSTE COMTE,

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SECTION IV.

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THEORY OF ECCLESIASTICAL DEVELOPMENT,–J. H. NEWMAN, 116

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THEORY OF GOVERNMENT BY NATURAL LAWS, -
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SECTION I.

THE DOCTRINE OF NATURAL LAWS AND SECOND CAUSES,

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SECTION II.

THE CONSTITUTION OF MAN IN ITS RELATION TO THE GOV-
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