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“By Him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth,
visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities,
or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: and He is before all
things, and by Him all things consist.”—Colossians i. 16, 17.

NEW YORK:
D. APPLETON AND COMPANY,

1, 3, AND Ď BOND STREET.

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PREFACE.

At the very outset, the author is emphatic in his wish that it be distinctly understood that this little volume does not claim to be a scientific treatise, or even an attempt to “reconcile the Mosaic Record with the teachings of Modern Science.” His main object, as set forth at length in his Introductory Lecture, has been to unfold the Moral Meaning which, he believes, is Divinely infolded in the Creation Archive. This object he has kept steadfastly and supremely in view: and if, in prosecuting it, he may have dispelled some of the seeming incongruities between Science and Revelation, it has been only incidentally, on his way to a diviner Goal.

The writer will be pardoned for giving some account of the circumstances which led to the production of this volume. The Lectures were originally delivered as sermons on Sunday evenings, in the ordinary course of pulpit ministration. During the course of their delivery, eminent citizens, representing various branches of the Church, and various professions, requested their repetition before the public at large. Accordingly, the Lectures, having been reconstructed, were delivered on fourteen consecutive Tuesday noons, beginning January 8,

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