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CORRECT ideas of God, and of ourselves, are the beginnings of all moral improvement. Such ideas are important, in every department of human inquiry; but more especially so, on a subject where error must affect injuriously, if not fatally, the interests of the soul, and of eternity. These are the interests to which all others should be made the tributaries and servants; and, in endeavouring to guide the minds of those whose character may be supposed to be unformed, great care has been taken to impress upon them a due sense of the value of their spiritual interests, and to advance nothing liable to encourage or permit error, through any deficiency of instruction therein, or that might seem to teach any doctrine, at variance with the approved standards of Christian belief.

The materials of this volume have been gathered from not less than forty authors, acknowledged as possessing the highest distinction for piety and learning. The extracts which have been made generally combine great elegance of language, with pious and practical sentiment. It has been intended,

that, so far as they go, they should serve to establish a correct judgment and taste in composition, and a pure faith and practice in religion. Many of them have been selected from old writers, and it is believed that not a little good will be done, if they should cause the reader to seek a more familiar acquaintance with works which contain the wisdom of the past, and to regard them as the greater lights, in which the later, and—not of consequence, but of fault—the lesser, shine.

St. Paul at Athens.................................

Peculiar Character of the Scriptures.............

Benefits of a Partial Revelation...................

The Creeds or Symbols of Belief in the New Testa.

ment, expressed in few words.................. 57

Beauties of the Psalms.....

Folly of Infidelity in attempting to destroy the Au-

thority of the Bible.........

The Guilt of neglecting the Bible..................

Short Sentences......

.....

Faith........................................

Self-Estimation reproved...................

Nothing about the Soul unimportant.....

Christianity founded on Facts........

Christianity the best System of Ethics....

Christianity the True Religion............. ...... 66

Practical Christianity.......

.....

Spirit of Christianity.............................

Consolations of Christianity........

Seed Time ........................................ 69

Religion an Active Principle.........

The Virtues of Irreligious Men an aggravation of

their Guilt .................................... 71

In fidelity.......................................... 72

Presumption of Men in refusing to believe what they

cannot comprehend............................ 73

Ministry of Angels..............

Man originally innocent.............

Depravity of Human Nature....

Malignity of Sin .....

...... 77

Hateful nature of Sin................. ......

Forgiveness of Sin.............

The Soul invaluable..........................

Excellence of the Human Mind.....................

The Sublime Contemplations of a Holy Soul........ 84

Conscience.........

A good Conscience the greatest Comfort......

The necessity of a Mediator.....

Covenant of Grace..............................

The Gospel........................................

The Bible........

..................................... 92

Peculiar operation of Christianity....

Jesus the Mediator.......

Perfections of Christ's Character........

......... 95

Christ and Mahomet compared.............

Compassion of Christ................ ....... 98

The unspeakable Gift..............................

Righteousness of Christ..........................

Rightcousness of Christ All-Sufficient......

Christ a Present Friend..

101

Christ an All-Powerful Friend.........

102

Christ a Seasonable Friend........................ 104

The Life of Christ the support of the Church...... 105

The Sure Foundation....

...... 106

Christ the Sinner's Refuge........................

Miserable Fate of those who despise Christ........ 108

Guilt and punishment of Infidelity................ 110

Duty of instructing the Heathen......

111

Faith the true Medium of Vision.................. 111

Resolute Faith.......

112

How Faith Justifies........

....... 113

Justification by Faith no release from Personal

Obedience.................................... 114

Important Question.............................. 116

Repentance....

116

No Qualifications required before coming to Christ 118

Danger of Delay ........

Danger of the Self-Righteous......

........ 120

The Responsibility attached to Superior Talents.... 121

On upiting Talents with Religion................. 122

A Sign of an Unrenewed Heart................... 123

Genuine Reformation of Conduct.................. 123

Prodigal Son.........

124

Scripture Superior to Affliction in Conversion of

M en..................................

Adoption.........

126

Divine Grace victorious........

.. 127

Method of Living by Faith.........

129

Nature and Province of Faith....

133

Allies of Religion.........

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