New York: Harper & Brothers, 1860. First edition. Extremities worn in several places, minor soiling, a little light foxing. A very good, tight copy. Original brown blindstamped cloth with gilt spine. Twelvemo. x, 380 pp. Item #15621
Beecher (1800-1878), American educator and advocate for women, presents a strong case in favor of natural religion, and of the path to redemption being in personal grappling with the Bible's meaning. She puts believes that "the people are endowed with principles of common sense by which they can educe from the works of God a system of natural religion far superior…[than those] incorporated into church creeds, and into theological teachings…"