George Campbell.

A dissertation on miracles : containing an examination of the principles advanced by David Hume in An essay on miracles; with a correspondence on the subject by Mr. Hume, Dr. Campbell, and Dr. Blair, to which are added sermons and tracts online

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A

DISSERTATION

ON

MIRACLES:

CONTAINING AN EXAIUNATION OF THE PRINCIPLES ADVANCED BY

DAVID HUME, Esq.

IN

AN ESSAY ON MIRACLES:

WITH A CORRESPONDENCE ON THE SUBJECT BY MR HUME,
DR CAMPBELL, AND DR BLAIR.

TO WHICH ARE ADDED,

SERMONS AND TRACTS.
BY GEORGE CAMPBELL, D.D.

PRINCIPAL OF THE MARISCHAL COLLEGE, AND ONE OF THE MINISTERS

OF ABERDEEN ; AUTHOR OF THE TRANSLATION OF

THE FOUR GOSPELS, &C. &C.



TUe works tlictt I do in mi/ Father's name, Ihey bear witness of me.

John x. 23.



A NEW EDITION.



LONDON



PRINTED FOR T. TEGG & SON, 73. CHEAPSIDE;

R. GRIFFIN ¬Ђ: CO. GLASGOW; AND JOHN GUMMING,

DUBLIN.



MDCCCXXXIV.



MDCCCX



Printed by Walker K- Greig,
Edinburgh.



ADVERTISEMENT.



It is not the only, nor even the chief design of these sheets,
to refute the reasoning and objections of Mr Hume with
regard to miracles : the chief design of them is, to set the
principal argument for Christianity in its proper light. On
a subject that has been so often treated, it is impossible to
avoid saying many things wliich have been said before. It
may, however, with reason be affirmed, that there still re-
mains, on this subject, great scope for new observations.
Besides, it ought to be remembei-ed, that the evidence of any
complex argument depends very much on the order into
which the material circumstances are digested, and the man-
ner in which they are displayed.

The Essay on Miracles deserves to be considered as one
of the most dangerous attacks that have been made on our
religion. The danger results not solely from the merit of
the inece ; it results much more from that of the author. The
'piece itself, like every other work of Mr Hume, is ingenious ;
but its merit is more of the oratorial kind than of the philo-
sophical. The merit of the author^ I acknowledge, is great.
The many useful volumes he has published of history^ as well
as on criticism, -politics, and trade, have justly procured him,
with all persons of taste and discernment, the highest repu-
tation as a writer. What pity is it that this reputation should
have been sullied by attempts to undermine the foundation
both of natural religion, and of revealed !

For my own part, I think it a piece of justice in me to
acknowledge the obligations I owe the author, before I enter
on the proposed examination. I have not only been much
entertained and instructed by his works ; but, if I am pos-
sessed of any talent in abstract reasoning, I am not a little
indebted to what he has written on Human Nature, for the
improvement of that talent. If therefore, in this Tract, I
have refuted Mr Hume's Essay, the greater share of the merit
is perhaps to be ascribed to Mr Hume himself. The compli-



iv ADVERTISEMENT.

ment which the Russian monarch, after the famous battle of
Poltovva, paid the Swedish generals, when he gave them the
honourable appellation of his masters in the art qfx



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