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The Whole Works of the Rev. W. Bates, D.D. Arranged and Revised, With a Memoir of the Author, Copious Index and Table of Texts Illustrated
By the Rev. W. Farmer.
CONTENTS (The Editor takes this opportunity of acknowledging the kindness of the Rev. John Cockin, of Holmfirth, who very obligingly undertook to draw out the Table of Contents, and assist in forming the General Index.) OF VOL. 1
1. CONSIDERATIONS OF THE EXISTENCE OF GOD, THE IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL, THE RECOMPENCES OF THE FUTURE STATE, AND THE DIVINITY OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION. THE EXISTENCE OF GOD.
CHAP. I. Proof from the visible frame of the world - the sun - its diurnal motion - its annual course - gradual change from heat to cold - revolutions of day and night, and of the seasons
CHAP. II. The Argument continued. The air - the winds - the separation of the sea from the land - uneven surface of the earth - harmony of the elements - plants and fruits - shapes and instincts of animals
CHAP. III. The Argument concluded. The structure and symmetry of the human body - the eye - the hand - erect stature - the faculty of speech- expressions of the passions in the countenance- diversity of faces
CHAP. IV. Confutation of the opinions that the world was produced by chance, or that it was caused by the necessity of nature
CHAP. V. Argument for the existence of God drawn from proofs of the beginning of the world. Argument from the universal consent of nations. Reply to objections. That most men are practical atheists
CHAP. VI. Reply to objections continued. That the belief of the Deity is a politic invention. That many false gods have been worshipped
CHAP. VII. Practical inferences. We ought to adore the Creator - to fear Him - to love Him - to obey Him - to resign ourselves to his disposal - and to trust in Him, THE IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL.
CHAP. VIII. It depends upon divine preservation. Proofs that God will continue it for ever. The spiritual nature of the soul evinced by the operations of the understanding, CHAP.IX. The spiritual nature of the soul evinced by the acts of the will
CHAP.X. Proof from the restless desire of the soul after happiness - from the necessity of a future state of rewards and punishment - The Wisdom of God requires them
CHAP.XI. The Argument continued. The Justice of God requires them
CHAP. XII. The Argument concluded. The inadequate operation of human laws requires them. Reply to objections. That future recompences are invisible - That a transient sin is punished with eternal torments
CHAP.XIII. Practical inferences. This doctrine should regulate our esteem of temporal things and reconcile our affections to our present condition - The value and improvement of time - The wisdom of conducting life with reference to eternity
THE DIVINITY OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION PROVED
CHAP. I. The necessity of religion. Variety of religions in the world. The superiority of Christianity to Gentilism - to Judaism - to Mahometanism
CHAP. II. The nature of moral evidence. The internal evidence of Christianity. The excellence of its doctrines precepts and promises
CHAP. III. External proofs. Miracles
CHAP. IV. External proofs continued. The accomplishment of prophecies concerning the Messiah - the destruction of the Jewish nation - and the conversion of the Gentiles
CHAP. V. Other proofs. Answer to objections against the doctrines of the Trinity, the incarnation and the sufferings of Christ - The conclusion
II. THE HARMONY OF THE DIVINE ATTRIBUTES &c. The Preface
CHAP. I. A view of man's primitive state
CHAP. II. The fall
CHAP. III. All mankind involved in the fall. The depravity of human nature. The permission of sin. The imputation of Adam's sin to his posterity
CHAP. IV. Man's inability to recover himself. The corruption of all the faculties of the soul. The nature and evil of moral inability
CHAP. V. The display of divine WISDOM in redemption, in selecting suitable means to accomplish the most glorious ends
CHAP. VI. Practical inferences. Praise due to God for the revelation of the gospel. It deserves our most serious study. Exceeds all other sciences
CHAP. VII. Practical inferences continued. The duty of a cordial acceptance of the gospel, and the inefficacy of mere speculation
CHAP. VIII. The display of divine MERCY in redemption. It shines with peculiar glory. -The freeness of mercy apparent from the happiness of God, the lost estate of man, and the preference of fallen man to the fallen angels
CHAP. IX. The subject continued. The greatness of mercy is apparent in the evils from which we are delivered and the means by which this deliverance is accomplished
CHAP. X. The subject concluded. The greatness of mercy is, magnified in the excellency of the state to which man is advanced. He is enriched with superior blessings, placed under a better covenant, and exalted to a more glorious reward than Adam at first enjoyed
CHAP. XI. Practical inferences. Redeeming love deserves our highest admiration. Is a powerful persuasive to repentance. Should excite our love to God. Justifies the condemnation of the wicked
CHAP. XII. The display of divine JUSTICE in redemption. Reasons why the demands of justice must be satisfied. The death of Christ was a satisfaction to divine justice
CHAP. XIII. The subject continued. The death of Christ was a punishment inflicted for sin, a ransom from hell, and a sacrifice to reconcile us to God
CHAP. XIV. The subject concluded. The completeness of the death of Christ proved by the causes from which it arises, and the excellent benefits it produces
CHAP. XV. Practical inferences. The death of Christ discovers the evil of sin, displays the strictness of divine justice, removes the scandal of the cross, assures us of the readiness of God to pardon sin, and teaches the necessity of coming to Christ for justification
CHAP. XVI. The display of divine HOLINESS in redemption. The sufferings of Christ prove the hatred of God against sin. The laws of Christ are a perfect rule of holiness. They command us to live soberly, righteously and godly. They enjoin the virtues of humility, self-denial, universal love and contentment
CHAP. XVII. The subject continued. The superiority of Christ's laws to the precepts of Moses, and to the morality of heathen philosophers
CHAP. XVIII. The subject concluded. Christ in his example has exhibited a perfect pattern of holiness. He imparts the Spirit of holiness to his people. He inforces the duties of holiness by the most efficacious motives
CHAP. XIX. Practical inferences. The completeness of redemption. Saving grace gives no encouragement to sin. The peculiar excellency of the Christian religion in its gracious design and blessed effects. The obligation of Christians to walk as becomes the gospel
CHAP. XX. The display of divine POWER in redemption, in the incarnation of Christ, the miracles of his ministry, his conquest of our spiritual enemies, and his resurrection from the dead
CHAP. XXI. The subject continued. The divine power glorified in the propagation of the gospel. The difficulties that obstructed its course; the feeble means that were employed; and the glorious effects that were accomplished. The divine power will be gloriously manifested in the complete salvation of the church at the last day
CHAP. XXII. Inference. The operation of divine power is a convincing proof of the truth of the Christian religion
CHAP. XXIII. The display of God's TRUTH in redemption. Many predictions relating to the Messiah. All fulfilled in Christ. The reference of all the types to Him. The privileges of Christians above the Jews.
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