n the tract above mentioned, in reply to Woolston, pointed out by Dr. Kippis, evidently implying that the author was at that time a believer impartially examine, and are willing to be determined by evidence. Kippis's edition of Lardner's Works, v. 411.
As Mr. Lardner advanced iloma, the degree of Doctor in Divinity.
This was an honour, says Dr. Kippis, which our author did not solicit, but which, when it was bestoweith humility, diligence, and integrity in the whole of my life.
Kippis's Life of Lardner, XXXVI.
In 1750, Dr. Lardner published a voluhat any of the sacred books of the New Testament have been lost.
Kippis's Life of Lardner, LII.
It is needless to say that such a work,y, of Christ, did not make any great impression, as we learn from Dr. Kippis, at the time of its first publication.
The sentiments contained ne of his powers in this or any of his later productions; indeed, Dr. Kippis informs us that he retained to the last the use of all his facult
distinguished churchmen, Hoadley, Butler, and Law,—names which may rather be said to confer honour on the elevated stations to which they were raised, than to receive honour from them.
In the list of subscribers to Dr. Benson's posthumous History of the Life of Christ, we also observe the Bishops of Lichfield and Worcester; Shute Barrington, afterwards Bishop of Durham; Newcome, then Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford, afterwards Archbishop of Armagh; figuring along with Lardner, Fleming, Kippis, Price, and many other Reverends by courtesy of that day, but as good bishops as themselves notwithstanding.
When, however, we contrast these things with the strange outcry which has recently been excited, when two bishops subscribed to a volume of sermons published by a Unitarian minister, we are constrained to acknowledge our apprehension that, in some respects, the former times were better than these.
In the year 1754, Dr. Benson published a Summary of the Evidences of Christ's Resurr