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Christian philosophy, or, An attempt to display, by internal testimony, the evidence and excellence of revealed religion

Author: Vicesimus Knox
Publisher: London : Rickerby, 1836.
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Genre/Form: Early works
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OCLC Number: 21370089
Description: xxxi, 308 pages ; 18 cm
Contents: Introductory --
On the sort of Evidence chiefly recommended and attempted to be displayed in this Treatise --
On the Prejudices entertained against this sort of Evidence and against all divine and supernatural Influence on the Mind of Man --
The proper Evidence of the Christian Religion is the Illumination of the Holy Ghost, shining into the Hearts of those who do not close them against its entrance. The opionion of Dr. Gloucester Ridley cites --
The true and only convincing Evidence of the Religion of Christ, or the illumination of the Holy Ghost is offered to all --
Opinions of Bishop Taylor respecting the Evidence of the Holy Spirit; "showing," as he expresses it, "how the Scholars of the University shall become more learned and most useful" --
Passages from the celebrated Mr. John Smith, Fellow of Queen's College, Cambrige, corroborative of the opinion that the best Evidence of the Christian Religion arises from the energy of the Holy Spirit --
Dr. Isaac Barrow's opinion of the Evidence of Christianity, afforded by the illuminating operation of the Holy Spirit; and on the Holy Spirit in general --
Bishop Bull's opinion on the Evidence of the Spirit of God on the Mind of Man, and its union with it; the loss of that Spirit by Adam's fall, and the recovery of it by Christ --
The opinions of Bishop Pearson and Doctor Scott, author of the Christian Life, and and Advocate for natural Religion, against spiritual Pretensions --
Opinion of Bishop Sanderson on the impossibility of becoming a Christian without supernatural assistance --
Bishop Smalridge on the absolute Necessity of Grace --
Human Learning highly useful, and to be pursued with all Diligence, but cannot, of itself, furnish Evidences of Christianity completed satisfactory, like those which the Heart of the Good Christian feels from the divine influence: with the opinon of Doctor Isaac Watts --
The opinion of Dr. Lucas, the celebrated author of a Treatise on "Happiness," concerning the Evidence of Christianity arising from Divine Communication --
Passage from a well-known Book of an anonymous Author, entitled Inward Testimony --
Dr Townson's Opinion on the Evidence which is in this book recommended as superior to all other --
Dr. Doddridge on the doctrine of Divine Influence --
The opinon of Soame Jenys on the fundamental Principles of Christianity --
The opinion of Bishop Horsley on the prevalent neglect of teaching the peculiar doctrines of Christianity, under the idea that moral duties constitue the whole or the better part of it. Among the peculiar doctrines is evidently included that of grace, which the Methodists inculcate, (as the bishop intimates,) not erroneously --
The Church of England teaches the true Doctrine of Grace --
On the Means of obtaining the Evidence of Christianity, afforded by the Holy Spirit --
Temperance necessary to the reception and continuance of the Holy Spirit in the heart; and consequently to the Evidence of Christianity afforded by Divine Illumination --
On improving afflictions duly, as a Means of Grace and belief in the Gospel --
On Devotion-A means, as well as an Effect, of Grace-no sincere religion can subsist without it --
On the Divine attraction --
On the Difficulties of the Scripture --
The Omnipresence of God a Doctrine universally allowed; but how is God everywhere present but by his Spirit, which is the Holy Ghost? --
The Want of Faith could not be criminal, if it depended only on the understanding, but Faith is a Virtue, because it originates from virtuous Dispostions favoured by the Holy Spirit --
Of the Scriptural Word 'Unction;' its high mysterious Meaning --
On what is called by devout persons Experience in Religion --
On the Seasons of Grace --
Of mistaking the Effects of Imagination for the Seasons of Grace --
Of Seasons of Desertion or supposed Absence of the Spirit --
Of the Doctrine that the Operations of the Holy Spirit are never distinguishable from the operations of our own Minds --
Of Devotional Feelings or Sentiments --
Of Enthusiasm --
Cautions concerning Enthusiasm --
Of being Righteous overmuch. All extravant and selfish Pretensions to the Spirit to be anxiously avoided, as they proceed from and cherish Pride, and are frequently accompanied with Immorality --
Affected Sanctity, Demureness, Canting, Sourness, Censoriousness, ignorant and illiterate Preaching, no marks of a State of Grace, but contribute to bring the whole Doctrine of Divine Energy into contempt, and to diffuse Infidelity --
Bishop Lavington's Opinon, respecting the Extravagancies and Follies of fanatical Preachers, and Pretenders to the Spirit --
Pride the great Obstacle to the general Reception of the Gospel of Grace --
The universal Prevalence of the Holy Spirit-the genuine Grace of the Gospel-highly conducive to the happiness of civil Society, as well as of Individuals --
Of Holiness-its true meaning and absolute Necessity --
Of a good Heart --
On the superior Morailty of the Christian Philosophy --
The true Genius and Spirit of Christianity productive of a certain tenderness of Conscience, or feeling of Rectitude, more favourable to right Conduct, that any Deductions of unassisted Reason or heathen Morality --
The Great Advantage of Christian Philosophy being taught by a commanding authority --
Morality, or obedience to the Commandments of God in social Intercourse and Personal Conduct, remarkably insisted upon in the Gospel --
Unbelievers not to be addressed merely with subtle Reasoning, which they always oppose in its own way, not to be ridiculed, not to be treated with severity, but to be tenderly and affectionately exhorted to prepare their hearts for the reception of the inward Witness and to relume the Light of Life, which they have extinguished, or rendered faint, through Pride, Vice or total Neglect --
Of the inadequate idea entertained by many respectable persons concerning Christianity; with a suggestion on the expediency of their considering the true nature of Christian Philosophy --
On Indifferences and Insensibility to religion, arising from hardness of heart. No progress can be made in Christian Philosophy in such a state, as it is a state incompatible with the Divine Influence --
Self-Examination recommended respecting religious Insensibility --
The Sum and Substance of Christian Philosophy-the renewal of the heart by Divine Grace; or the softening it and rendering it susceptible of virtuous and benevolent impressions, but cultivating the two grand Principles-Piety to God and Charity to Man --
On Spiritual Slumber, as described in the Scriptures, and the necessity of being awakend --
On the Peace of God, that calm and composed State which is produced by the Christian Philosophy, and is unknown to the Epicurean, Stoic, and all other Philosophy, ancient and modern --
General Reflections on Happiness-Errors in the pursuit of it-No sublunary happiness perfect-Christ's Invitation to the wretched-Christian Philosphy affords the highest earthly Satisfaction-Its Summum Bonum is a State of Grace, or the Enjoyment of divine Favour --
Apologetical Conclusion; with a Recapitulation, and Addition of a few Particulars respecting the preceding Subjects.
Responsibility: by Vicesimus Knox ; with an introductory essay by Henry Stebbing.

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