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JOHN, V. 39.
How charming is DIVINE PHILOSOPHY!
Not harsh, and crabbed, as dull Fools suppose,
But musical as is Apollo's lute,
And a perpetual feast of nectar'd sweets,
Where no crude surfeit reigns.

MILTON.

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London:
Printed for T. CADELL, Jun. and W. DAVIES, (Successors to

Mr. CADELL) in the Strand,

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CONTENT S.

INTRODUCTION.- Author's Apology, De-
Sign of the Work

I

CHAP. I. page 7.
Inadequate Conceptions of the Importance of

Christianity.

The popular notions concerning the importance of Christi-
anity extremely inadequate

• 7 to 14
Religious ignorance criminal

14
Unreasonable to expect to become proficients in Christi-
anity without inquiry and pains

15
Scripture representations of the importance of Christianity

16
The maxim, that it is of no importance what a man believes,

exposed
Also the maxim, that sincerity is all in all
True fincerity, what included in it

24
Concluding reflections

· 25

20

• 21

CHAP. II. p. 26.

Corruption of Human Nature.
Sect. I.-Inadequate Conceptions of the Corruption of Human
Nature

26
Popular notions concerning human corruption

27
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The

The different lessons on this subject which Christianity

teaches, proved by the contrast between what we might

expect from man and what we find him in practice 29-43
First, in the most polished nations of antiquity

31
Next, in the inhabitants of the New World on its first
discovery

- 33
Next, in the general state of the Chriftian world

- 34
Lastly, even among true Christians
The argument summed up and enforced

- 40
The scripture representation of human corruption 43

- 38

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48

Sect. II.--Evil Spirit.-Natural State of Man 45
Existence and agency of the Evil Spirit, though plainly
taught in Scripture, generally exploded

- 45
Nothing unreasonable in this doctrine

46
Scripture representations of the Supreme Being calculated

to inspire awe
The same awful impressions excited by the divine threaten-

ings and punishments recorded in Scripture, and by the

moral order of the world
Chriftianity breaks in

52
Practical importance and uses of the doctrine of human cor-
ruption

- 53
Practical advice in relation to this subject

54

49

- 56

SÈCT. III.- Corruption of Human Nature.- Objillion - 56
The objection that our corruption and weakness being

natural to us, will be excused or allowed for, stated and

considered
The objection how best treated

- 57
Fallacy of this objection proved by Scripture 59-60
Danger of admitting the above objection

- 61
Humility becomes man

.62
Folly of busying ourselves with what is above our compre.
; hension, and neglect what is plain and practical

-64

CHAP.

· 68-72

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Chab. 111. p. 66.
Chief Defects of the Religious System of the

bulk of professed Christians, in what regards
our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit-
with a Dissertation concerning the Use of the

Pasions in Religion.
Sect. I. Inadequate Conceptions concerning our Saviour
and the Holy Spirit

66
Leading doctrines concerning Christ and the holy spirit, as
stated in Scripture

-'66
Inadequate conceptions in the above respects charged on the

bulk of profefled Christians, and enforced
Great ingratitude hereby evinced

73
Inadequate notions concerning the Holy Spirit - 75
Language of one who objects against the religious affections
towards our Saviour

76
And against the Holy Spirit's operations

77
Reply to the above ; unreasonableness of arguing from the
abuse of a thing against its use

80-2
Religious vulgarity, not to be too much disgusted by it 83-4
Sect. II. On the Admiffion of the Paffions into Religion : 85
The opinion that the affections misplaced in religion, dis-
culled and refuted

86-101
By the reason of the thing

• 87
By the nature of man

. 88
ters

89-91
True test and measure of the religious affections

- 92-4
Religious affections, different according to natural temper,
&c.

- 95-6
The affections not merely allowable in religion but highly
necessary, proved by analogy

97-101
Chrift the juft object of our warm affections

A 3

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102

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