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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

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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 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.

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.

· 68-72

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
By the authority of the scriptures and of

scripture charace
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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