London: Printed for J. Peele, at Locke's-Head in Amen- Corner, 1732. ,94,pp. Octavo. Extracted from pamphlet volume. Residue of old spine, half-title a bit dust- soiled, small ink drop in blank portion of terminal leaf (advert), else a very nice copy. Item #WRCLIT65899
First (?) edition. ESTC delineates two variant printings (or issues) of this tract dated 1732 - this copy is the variant with the swash capital 'D' in "London" and small 'p' in 'Six-pence' in the imprint/price. An element in a substantial and extensive pamphlet controversy, in which Middleton "gravely offended the church hierarchy by attacking one of its most respected members, Daniel Waterland. After Waterland's work SCRIPTURE VINDICATED appeared in reply to CHRISTIANITY AS OLD AS THE CREATION (1730), by the deist Matthew Tindal, Middleton produced ... [this work] which advised against trying to defend the historical accuracy of the Bible and advocated challenging Tindal's reliance on a ‘religion of nature’. To answer the deist Middleton argued that, since right reason was never found to be a sufficient guide, many heathens regarded this inadequacy ‘as the very cause of the invention and establishment of Religion’" - DNB. Here Middleton responds to an attack by Zachary Pearce. ESTC T32264.