Barton, Richard. (1750) The analogy of divine wisdom, in the material, sensitive, moral, civil and spiritual system of thingsin eight parts[S.l. : s.n.],MLA Citation
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The analogy of divine wisdom, in the material, sensitive, moral, civil and spiritual system of things [electronic resource] : in eight parts.
|Main Author:||Barton, Richard.|
|Published:||[S.l. : s.n.], 1750.|
|Topics:||Church history - 18th century. | Christianity - 18th century. | Analogy (Religion) | Christianity|
|Physical Description:||234 p. ; cm.
|Summary:||"The author is thoroughly persuaded of the truth of Christianity, working diligently for its reward, and hoping that his labours are not wide of the true mark, the substance of faith and duty. If his reasoning is in any respect weak, he will thank those who will enable him to make it stronger; he thinks it sufficient whereon to build part of his own faith, although he is not a stranger to other mediums of reasoning. As such he offers it to the world, and asks no further favour of the reader, than attention to what he reads, and a repetition of reading: That much at least is in human power, let the rest be the Grace of God; to which the author leaves him and his book, being a final part of one and twenty years labour in the Gospel; sincerely wishing all that influence from the use of it, which should principally be designed by those, who really mean to instruct mankind. For in proportion, as any other less honourable motive may be assigned for writing and publishing, so much less effect are religious books likely to have upon the human mind. Any reward which may exclude the principal one is very disadvantageous, and verily they are likely to have theirs, that is, merely a temporal reward, who either for the sake of applause, wealth, or honours, without evident proofs of a more noble spiritual motive, exhibit religious treaties to the world. The reader is at liberty to judge of the motives of this author, as he thinks proper: Was there any other method of publication equally feasible with the one he has used, to make mankind read, he thinks he would have used it; and therefore, left the submitting of his book to the learned judges, for the sake of the premium mentioned, might in any degree lessen the influence, by associating temporal ideas, too closely to spiritual works, he chooses to decline it. Yet he sincerely wishes all the advantages to arts and sciences, which may reasonably be hoped, from so great an encouragement; as well as the exalted spiritual reward, with all the worldly honour, which may redound to the generous benefactor, consistent with that, which they who act most heroically in religion, always seek"--Book. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved).