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The Consideration of the Grounds and Reasons of our Religion is useful to all sorts of Men: for if ever we would be seriously and truly Religious , we must lay the Foundation of it in our Understandings, that, by the rational Conviction of our Minds, we may (through the Grace of God assisting us) bring our Wills to a Submission, and our. Affections to the Obedience of the Gospel of Christ j and the more we think of, and consider these things, the more we shall be convinced of them, and they will have the greater Power and Influence in the Course of our Lives. For though the Truth of the Christian Religion cannot, without great Sin and Ignorance, be doubted of by Christians; yet it is a Confirmation to our Faith, and adds a new Life and Vigour to our Devotions, when we recollect upon what good Reasons we are Christians; and are not such by Custom and Education only, but upon Principles which we have throughly consider'd, and must abide by, unless we will renounce our Reason with our Religion.
And what Subject can be more useful, or more worthy of a rational and considering Man's Thoughts? These things, which are now made matter of Cavil and Dispute, will be the Subject of our Contemplation, and of our Joy and Happiness to all Eternity in the other World. We (hall then have clear and distinct Apprehensions of the Means and Methods of our Salvation, and shall for ever admire and adore the Divine Wisdom, in the Conduct and Disposal of those very Things about which we now are most perplex'd. THE
THE Being of a God, tvid:nt to Natural Rea-
C H AP. II.
The Manifestations of God's ordinary Providence insuffi-
diate Revelation to every one in particular , ibidII. Prophecies and Miracles are the most fitting and proper means for God to discover and reveal himself to the World by, p. 21. (i.) Concerning Prophecies, ibid. (2) Concerning Miracles-, p. 26; III. Divine Revelations mufi be supposed to be preserved in the World by Writings,J). 33. IV. They must be of great Antiquity, p. 34. V. They mufi be fully published and promulgedr ibid.
THe Antiquity of the Scriptures, a circumstance very considerable to prove them to be of Divine Revelation, p. 35, 36. They give an account of Divine Revelations made from the beginning of the World, p. 37. What Moses relates of things before his own time, is certainly true; and mufi have been discovered to be false, if it had been fa p. 37, 38.
The Promulgation of the Scriptures.
J. In the first Ages of the World, the Revealed Will of God was known to all Mankind, p. 44. II. In succeeding Ages there has still been stuffcient Means and frequent Opportunities for all Nations to come to the knowledge of it, p. 58. (1.) The Law of Moses did particularly provide for the Instruction of other Nations in the Revealed Religion, p. ibid. (2.) The Providence of God did so order and dispose of the Jews, that other Nations had frequent opportunities of becoming instructed in theTrue Religion, p. 71. Testimonies of the Heathen concerning the Jews, and their Religion, p. 92. There have ever been divers Memorials and Remembrance! of the True Religion among the Heathen, p.S>7«
Of the Sibylline Oracles, p. 102. The Gospel had been preached in China and America, before the late Discoveries, p. 109, no. The Confessions both of Protestants and Papists, as to this matter, p. 115. Christians in all Parts of the World, p. 1 itf. A Sell: called the Good Followers of the Messiah, at Constantinople, p. 117. Though great part of the World are still Unbelievers, yet there is no Nation but has great opportunities of being converted, p. 123. The cafe of particular Persons considered, p. jb,
The Sincerity of Moses in his Writings, p. 127. He was void of Ambition, p. 130. Aaron and He had no contrivance between themselves to impose upon the People,
p. 131. CHAP. IV. Of the Pentateuch* Ihe Pentateuch written by Moses, p. 132. The great impartiality Visible in these Books, p. 133. The Book of Genesis an Introduction to the rest, ibid. The principal Points of the History of the Jews, confess'd by the Heathen, p. I34., 135.
CHAP. V. Of the Vr editions or Prophecies contained in the
Books of Moses. The Promise of the Messias, p. 135. The Predictions of Noah, ibid. The Promises made to Abraham, p. 137. The Prophecies oflfaac, tfc p. 138. Of Jacob, p. 139. Of Balaam, p. 140. Of Moses, ibid. &c.
Of the Miracles wrought by Moses.
I. The Miracles and Matters of Pall: contained in the Books of Moses, as they are there related to have keen
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done, were at first sufficiently attested-, p. 147. II. The Relations there set down, are a true Account of the Mi, racles wrought by Moses, and such as we may depend upon, p. 160. For, (1.) These things "could not be feigned by Moses and Aaron , and others concerned with them in carrying on such a Destgn,p. 161. (2 .fthe Miracles could not be feigned, nor the Booh of Moses invented or falfified by any particular Man, nor by any confederacy or combination of Men, after the death of Moses, p. 163. (3 ) The Pentateuch could not be invented nor falfifed by the joint' consent of the whole Nation, either in MosesV time, or after it, p. 174. Of what consequence the Proof of the Divine Authority of the Pentateuch is towards the proving the rest of the Scriptures to be of the fame Anthority, p. 180
CHAP. VII. Of Joshua, and the Judges $ and of the Miracles and Prophecies under their Government.
Joshua, the Author of the Book under hisname,p.lSi ,182. The Book of Judges written by Samuel, ibid. The Waters of Jordan divided, p. 183, The Males Circumcised, at the first coming into Canaan, and thereby disabled for War, contrary to all humane Policy, p. 184. The Walls of Jericho thrown down, and the Prophecy concerning them, ib. The Integrity of Joshua, p. 185. Of Eli, p. 186. Of Samuel, ibid.
From the Revolt of the Ten Tribes , an Argument for
The hnds of Prophecy amongst the Jews, p.'i 88. The Freedom and Courage of the Prophets, and the Reverence