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The Consideration of the Grounds and Reafons 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; 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 Chriftians; 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 conlidering 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 shall 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.

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THE

CONTENTS.

CHAP. I.

That from the Nation of a God, it necessarily jol-

lows that there must be some Divine Reve-
lation.

HE Being of a God, evident to Natural Rea-
fon, p. 2, 3. That there are wicked Spirits, Ene-

mies to Mankind, p. 4, &c. The miserable Con-

dition of Man, without the Divine Direction, and

Assistance, and that God would not leave him ir thout

all Remedy in this Condition, p. 7. The Judgment of

St. Athanasius in the case,

p. II.

CH A P. II.

The Way and Manner by which Divine Revela-

tions
may be supposed to be delivered and

preo

Served in the World.

The Manifestations of God's ordinary Providence insuffi-

cient, and therefore some extraordinary way of Revela-
tion necessary, p. 14, 15. The ways of extraordinary
Revelation, either immediate Revelation to every par-
ticular Person ; or to fome only, with a Power of. Mi-
racles and Prophecies to enable them to communicate
the Divine Will to others, p. 15.

Ì. It could not be
requisite that God should communicate himself by imme-

TH

diate Revelation to every one in particular , ibid. II. Prophecies and Miracles are the most fitting and proper means for God to discover and reveal himself to the World by, p.21. (1.) Concerning Prophecies, ibid. (2) Concerning Miracles, p. 26. III. Divine Revelations must be supposed to be preserved in the World

d by Writings, p. 33. IV. They must be of great Antiquity, p. 34. V. They must be fully published and promulged,

ibid. PART II.

CH A P. I.
The Antiquity of the Scriptures.
He Antiquity of the Scriptures, a circumstance very

considerable to prove them to be of Divine Revela tion, 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, iscertainly true; and must have been discovered to be false, if it had been fog

CHA P. II. The Promulgation of the Scriptures. I. 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 sufficient 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 the True Religion, p. 71. Testimonies of the Heathen concerning the Jews, and their Religion, p. 92. There have ever been divers Memorials and Remembrances of the True Religion among the Heathen, p.97.

Of

p. 37, 38.

Of the Sibylline Oracles, p. 102. The Gospel had been preached in China and America, before the late Difcoveries, p. 109, 110. The Confessions both of Protestants and Papists, as to this matter, p. 115. Christians in all parts of the World, p. 116. A Sect called the Good Followers of the Melliah, at Constantinople, p. 117. Though great part of the World are ftill Unbelievers, yet there is no Nation but has great opportunities of being converted, p. 123. The case of particular Persons considered,

p. ib. CH A P. III.

Of Moses and Aaron. 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. CH A P. IV.

Of the Pentateuch,
The Pentateuch written by Moses, p. 132. The

partiality 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, confessid by the Heathen,

P. 134, 135. CHA P. V. Of the Predictions or Prophecies contained in the

Books of Moses. The Promise of the Messias, p. 136. The Predictions of

Noah, ibid. The Promises made to Abraham, p.137. The Prophecies of Isaac, & c. p. 138. Of Jacob, p.139. of Balaam, p. 140. Of Moses, ibid. & c.

C H A P. VI. Of the Miracles wrought by Moses. 1. The Miracles and Matters of Fa£t contained in the Books of Moses, as they are there related to have been

done,

great ima

p. 180

done, were at first sufficiently attested, p. 147. II. The Relations there set down, are a true Account of the Miracles 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 Design,p.161. (2.) The Miracles could not be feigned, nor the Books of Moses invented or falsified 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 falsified by the joint' consent of the whole Nation, either in Moses's 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 same Anthority,

CH A P. VII. Of Joshua, and the Judges; and of the Miracles

and Prophecies under their Government. Joshua, the Author of the Book under his name,p:181,182.

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. CHA P. VIII. Of the People of Israel, under their Kings. From the Revolt of the Ten Tribes , an Argument for

the Truth of the Law of Moses. Prophets in the Kingdoms both of Israel and Judah,

CHAP. IX. Of the Prophets, and their Writings. The kinds of Prophecy amongst the Jews, p. 188. The Freedom and Courage of the Prophets, and the Reverence

p. 187

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