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C H A p. VI. S u N o A r VI.

I. Of the Catholick Church, page 105. II. Of the Communion of Saints, page 10S. III. Of Sin, page 109. IV. How forgiven, page 109. V. Of the Resurrection of our Bodies, page no. VI. Of Life everlasting, page 116. VII. Of eternal Punishment, page 117. VIII. The Christian Religion reviewed in its Doctrines, page 120. IX. // isnot hurt by cavilling "Disputes, page 122.

Chap. VII. Sunday VII.

I. God honouredin the Lord's Supper, page 123. II. Why ordained by Christ, page 126. III. Who receive it worthily, or what must be done before receiving, page 127. IV. At the time of receiving, page 133. V. After receiving,page 135. VI. Of PRATER, page 136. VII. Why a Duty, page 136. VIII. Its Advantage, page 137. IX. Its Necessity, page 138. X. Its Requisitesl page 140. XI. Its Parts, page 144. XII. Its Object, page 148. XIII. Its Power, page 148. XIV. Objections answered, page 149. XV. Of Publick Prayer, page 150. XVI. Os Family Prayer, page 152.

Chap. VIII. Sun Day VIII.

I. Of Oaths, page 153. II. OfPerjury, page 1 §6. III. Of common Swearing, or vain Oaths, page 158. IV. Of Repentance, page 160. V. Of Death-bed Repentance, page 164. VI. "Times of Repentance, page 165. VII. Of Fasting, as part of Repentance, page 165. VIII. Of making Satisfaction, page 167.


Concerning Man's Duty towards his $ti<$ft)CUX*

C H A P. IX. S u N D A Y IX.

I. Of our Duty to our Neighbour, page 170. II. Of the Duty of the People to their Prince, page 173. III. Of the Duty of a Prince to his Subjects, page 174. IV. Of the Duty of Civil Magnates, page 1 j5. V. Of the Duty of the Laity to their Ministers, page 176. VI. Ministers,bywhom commissioned, page 178. VII. Their Duty, page 179. VIII. Their superior Advantages, page 179. IX. Are subject to the Laws of their Country, page 181. X. Of Detraction against them, page 184.

ChapChap. X. Sunday X.

I. The Duty of Child Ren to Parents, page 186. II. Their Love, page 186. III. their Obedience, page 189. IV. In respect of Marriage; andV. going to Law, page 190. VI. The Duty os Parents/o Children, page 192. VII. In point of Education, page 193. VIIL In providing for them, 195. IX. Of disinheriting a Child, page 199.X. The duty ofa Wi Fe to her husband, page 202. XI. Concerning her Behaviour, page 205. XII. Her Dress, page 207. XIII. Of Contention in a married State, page 209.

Chap. XL Svhda V XI.

I. The Duty of Hu Sbands/o Wives, page 213. II. Of Adultery in Husbands, page 216. III. Of Provision for Wives, page 218". IV. Of Brotherly Love, page 219. V. Of the Duty 0/SerVants to their Masters, page 222. VI. Rules for Servants, page 225. VII. Servitude is of God's Appointment, page 227. VIIL Of the Duty of Masters, page 228. IX. Of Friendship, page 231. X. How to make choice of Companions, page 234. XI. How we become partakers of other Mens Sins, page

Chap. XII. Sunday XII. I. Of Lying, Equivocation, Flattery, Jests, page 237. II. Of False Witness, Reports, and giving of Evidence, page 239. III. Of Truth, Promises, Backbiting, Envy, and Detraction, page 240. IV. Of Theft, Oppression, not paying of Debts, false Securities, fraudulent Compositions, Bargains, Dealings, page 244. V. The just Measure in Dealing, page 249. VI. The Danger os evilgotten Wealth, page 252. VII. Of Murder,the Wickedness thereof, page 254. VIII. When lawful to take away a Man's Life, page 255. IX. Of Self-Murder, in melancholy Persons, in Prisoners, page 256. X. Of Duelling, Dismembering, and Wounding, &c. page 262.

Chap. XIII. Sunday XIII. I Of Covetousness, Riches, and Contentment, page 353. II. Of Charity, page 355. III. To the Souls of Men, page 357. IV. To their Bodies, page 361. V. Of Prosecutions, page 363. VI. Of Almsgiving, and how to be practijed, in regard to the Object; in regard to our Circumstances; and in what Method and Proportion, page 365.

Chap. XIV. Sunday XIV. I. Of Credit,-page % jo. II. OfMalice, page 371. 111.0/Forgiveness, page 372. IV. Of Peace-making, Quarrels, Con tent i#», and going to Z,<ro>, page tf^. PART

Concerning Man's Duty towards Jjtttlself.

Of Humility or Humbleness of Mind, page 374. VI. Of Selfconceit, page 377. VII. 0/Pride and Passion, page 378. VIII. Of Meekness; it prevents rajh Judgment, immoderate Resentments, and Hatred, promotes Reconciliation and good Neighbourhood, &c. page 380.

Chap. XV. Sunday XV.

I. Of Christian Prudence, page 386. II. Its Use, page 388. III. Of Consideration and Inconsideration, page 390. IV. Os Christian Contentment, Covetousness, Murmuring, Ambition, Difcontent, page 392. V. Of Diligence, page 397. VI. Of Temptations, page 399. VII. Of Watchfulness, page 400. VIII. Of Idleness and Industry, page 402.

Chap. XVI. Sundayxvi.

I. Of Zeal, page 405. II. Of Chastity and Debauchery, page 408. III. How to overcome unchaste Temptations, filthy Thoughts, Words and Looks, page 409. IV. How to preserve Chastity, page 411. V. Of Temperance in Meat and Drink, page 414. VI. Of Intemperance, it admits of no Excuse, page 415. Vll. How to be overcome, page 418. VIII. Of the Use of Time, page4i9. IX. Os Modesty in Apparel, page 423. X. Of Excess in Apparel, page 425. XI. Of Dress or putting on of Apparel, page 426.

Chap. XVII. Sunday XVII.

I. Of Fortitude, Patience, and Impatience, page 429. II. Of Selfdenial, page 436. III. Of final Repentance, or Preparation for Death. Disregard of the World, Resignation, Trust in God, Sec. page 437. IV. Of Death; its Time, page 443. V. Advantages, page445. VI. Influence on us, page 449. VII. How to Number our Days, page 450. VIII. And compose the Mindsor Death, page 452. IX. Of the Shortness of Life, and its Improvement, page 453. X. Of the Middle State, page 456. XI. Of the Dangers of a mispent Life, page 457. XII. We can die hut once, page 458. XIII. Of the Fear of Death, page 459. XIV. How to be remedied, page 461. XV. In what Christian Perfection consists, page 4162.


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I. What nm are taught by Natural and Revealed Religion. II. The great branches os our duty to God and man. 111. OurdutytoGod. IV. Of'faith. V.ThepromiJcs. VI. Of hope. VII. Of presumption. VIII. Of despair. IX. .Lew o/"Gfc/. X. Of fear; W XI. Trust in God.

I. ^TT^HE light of nature discovers to us the being of I a God, and so much of his infinite I perfection, as to teach us that he is °/e]-a|^ -*- all good, and hateth every thing that is evil: that he loveth those that avoid the evil and chuso the good, and will with severe justice punish the evil doers. So that the light of nature searcheth out the goodness and justice of God; man's duty and subjection to his creator; and disposes us to receive the perfect will of the Almighty.

This is called natural religion, which all men might know, and should be obliged unto by the mere principles of reason, improved by consideration and experience, without the help of revelation. And they who live by it shall also be judged by it, their consciences accusing or else excusing one another. But

The dimness of this is much cleared up by revealed religion, or that method by which God makes himself or his will known to mankind, over and above reijg[on.e what he hath made known to us by the light of nature, in such a manner and in such instances, that all our

B own own reasonings could never have attained unto. Not that hereby God did mean to put out any part of that natural light, which he had set up in our souls; but to give greater light unto men. And therefore the possibility of revealed religion is evident from the nature of God, and the capacities of men, as well as from that proof which is produced to satisfy us concerning a mission from God.

An infinite being that created our fouls capable of knowing him and loving him, can never want power Is reasonable to comrnUnicate farther light to our minds, and make brighter discoveries of his will and pleasure: and man thus made after his own image can use those talents he is endowed with, both in receiving and de.1ive.ring the matter of the revelation, especially wheuit offers itself in a manner suitable to those talents. And when such things are discovered as by prophecy, which none but God could reveal j and such things done as by miracles, which none but an almighty, at least a power more than human, could effect; we are as sure such evidences are proofs of a supernatural revelation, as we are that the creation of the world is a demonstration of the being of a God. Now this is a matter so evident, that it hath been generally believed among all mankind, even among the heathens who were destitute of true revelations j and the consent of all nations, that there is such a principle as inspiration in the world, doth make it plain, that it carries no opposition to natural light, that God should reveal his mind by some particular persons to the world: forasinuch as the great ignorance and corruption of human nature, and that misery and guilt which mankind had contracted, made it both necessary and expedient for man. For though natural light ascertains the being of a deity, and shews us how reasonable it is to pay our adorations to that power that created and preserves usj yet it does not sufficiently direct us in the way and manner of performing it: and though it gives us some hopes of pardon upon our repentance, from the general notion of God's goodness j yet it prefcribes us no certain method for the obtaining our reconciliation. So that why neces- Revealed religion was necessary both to relieve sory4 the wants of men in a natural state, and to recover


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