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THE ELEMENTS

OF

MORAL PHILOSOPHY.

BOOK III.

ON THE GROUNDS AND PRINCIPLES OF MORAL

OBLIGATION.

CHAPTER I.

THE INTIMATIONS OF A SUPREME MORAL GOVERNMENT TO

WHICH WE ARE ACCOUNTABLE.

THE being and perfections of God having been proved, it follows, that he is the proprietor of all things, and that he is the supreme moral governor of all. What other end could he have in the creation of all things than the manifestation of his own perfections, and the advancement of his own glory? That this end might be attained, he has placed on our world a being endowed with a capacity of discovering through the works of nature their author and their end, and of giving him the worship and adoration to which he is entitled ; and while he has given him dominion over the inferior animals, he has fixed the order of all things in subserviency to his happiness.

That God governs the world is as clear as that he is its author, and is proved by the same means.

VOL. II.

B

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