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COMPLETE BODY OF
PRACTICAL AND DOCTRINAL

DIVINITY:

BEING A

SYSTEM OF EVANGELICAL TRUTHS,

DEDUCED FROM

THE SACRED SCRIPTURES.

ABRIDGED BY
WILLIAM STAUGHTON, D. D.

The design of an abridgment, I conceive, is clearly to exhibit the whole
substance of an author, without admitting any tiling superfluous.

Da. Shaw.

Abstracts, abridgments, and references are of use in divinity as well
as in law.

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With greater ease, the great concern.

Watts.

PHILADELPHIA:
PRINTED FOR DELAPLAINE AND HELLINGS,
BY B. GRAVEs.

may not reap ample benefit from the following pages. An equal mass of theological knowledge, in a compass so imall, will not readily be obtained.* The minister of the Sanctuary will find it an excellent compainon in his preparations fur the pulpit; and the private christian, an instructive parlour friend.

W. STAUGHTON. July, 1810.

* The high estimation in which this work, has been, and •till is, held by the friends of vital Religion, may be inferred from the numerous Subscribers to the Quarto Edition, (among whom are the most learned and judicious advocates for Christianity') and from the avidity with which copies have been sought after, notwithstanding the high price they have borne.

Winter botham's Edition.

CONTENTS.

First general Distribution of the Work.
BOOK I.

OF GOD, HIS WORD, NAMES, NATURE, PERFEC-
TIONS AND PERSONS.

Page

INTRODUCTION, 8

Of the beinf? of a God, 21

Of the Scriptures, 27

Names of God, 37

His Nature, 41

His Immutability, 45

His Infinity, 48

His Omnipresence, 49

His Eternity, 50

Life of God, 53

His Omnipotence, 55

His Omniscience, 58

His Wisdom, 62

His Will and its Sovereignty, 65

His Love, 69

His Grace, 70

His Mercy, 71
His Long.suffering or Forbearance,

73

Page
His Goodness, 74

His Anper and Wrath, 75

His Hatred, 77

His Joy, 78

His Holiness, 79

His Justice and Righteousness, 80
His Veracity, 82

His Faithfulness, 84

His Sufficiency ami Perfection, 86
His Blessedness, 87

His Unity, 89

Of a Plurality in the Godhead, 92
Personal relations in the Deitv, 98
Of the distinct personality of the Fa-
ther, 107
Of the distinct personality of the

Son, 108

Of the distinct personality of the
Spirit, 113

BOOK II.
OF THE INTERNAL ACTS AND WORKS OF GOD.

Of the internal Acts and works
of God, and of his decrees in
general,

Of the special decrees of God
relating to Men and Angels,
particularly of Election,

117

119

Of Rejection or Reprobation of
Angels and Men, 130

Of the eternal Union of the
Elect to God, 132

Of Adoption as an immanent Act,

i33

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OF THE ACTS OF THE GRACE OF GOD IN TIME.

Manifestation and Administra-
tion of the Covenant of Grace, 251

Its Administration in the Patri-
archal State, 254

Under the Mosaic Dispensation, 258 The Law,

The Gospel,

From the times of David to the

coming of Christ, 260

The Abrogation of the Old Co-
venant, &c. 262
266
270

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