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mswaded of doth concern me; and then
of, or the degree of the perswasion,
IV. For the kinds of Faith they Sermon
I. are several, according to the variety of Objects or things believed. I shall reduce them all under these two General Heads.
1. Faith is either Civil or Humane, under which I comprehend the perswasion of things Moral, and Natural, and Political, and the like: Or,
2. Divine and Religious, that is, a perswasion of things that concern Religion. I know not whether there terms be proper, nor am I very solicitous, because I know none fitter, and tell you what I mean by them.
The first kind of Faith concerning things Humane and Civil, I shall not speak of, it being besides my Design.
The second, which I call a Religigious and Divine Faith, comprehends three things under it, which are diftinctly to be consider’d.
1. A perswasion of the Principles of Natural Religion, which are known
by the light of Nature, as the ExiVolume stence of a God, the Immortality of XII. the Soul, and a Future State.
2. A perswasion of things Supernatural, and Reveal'd.
A Perswasion of Supernatural Revelation. These I design fully to handle. Thus I have prepar’d Materials for a large Discourse ; which tho' it be necessary, is, I am sensible, but too tedious, and yet possibly more tedious to me, than you.
Of a Religious and Divine Faith.
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please God. ?
N my last Discourse I came to treat
of a Religious and Divine Faith,
which, I told you, comprehends under it three things, which I now proceed to consider diltinctly.
First, A Perswasion of the Principles of natural Religion, which are known by the light of Nature.
Volume Secondly, A Perswasion of things suXII. pornatnral and reveald.
Thirdly, A Perswasion of supernatural Revelation. To
First, A Perswasion of the Principles of natural Religion, such as the light of Nature could discover; such are the Existence of God, the Iinmortality of the Soul, and a future State. The things to be enquired concerning this kind of Faith are these.
1. Whether this be truly and perly call’d Faith.
II. What are the Arguments whereby it is wrought.
III. Whether it admit of degrees or not, and what differences are observable in them.
IV. What are the proper and genuine Effects of it.