A Practical Discourse Concerning Death

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Lulu.com, 2007 - Religion - 224 pages
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William Sherlock lived in an age of political destiny and religious dissent which saw the decline of the British monarchy and the rise of parliamentary government, but also the Plague, the Great Fire of London, and the worst defeat in Royal Navy history. In spite of becoming involved in several well-known controversies, Sherlock was considered one of the most popular theological writers of the century. He was twice put out of holy office for political reasons. During one of these times of reflection, Sherlock set himself to writing his treatise on death, his best known work. He writes: "I know no other Preparation for Death, but living well: And thus we must every Day prepare for Death, and then we shall be well prepared when Death comes; that is, we shall be able to give a good Account of our Lives, and of the Improvement of our Talents; and he who can do this, is well prepared to die . . . ."
 

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Contents

THE SEVERAL NOTIONS OF DEATH AND THE IMPROVEMENT OF THEM
3
The first Notion of Death That it is our Leaving this World with the Improvement of it
4
The Second Notion of Death that it is our Putting off these Bodies
19
Death considerd as our Entrance upon a new and unknown State of Life
36
CONCERNING THE CERTAINTY OF OUR DEATH
47
How to improve this Consideration That we must certainly die
57
CONCERNING THE TIME OF OUR DEATH AND THE PROPER IMPROVEMENT OF IT
65
That the general Period of Human Life is fixd and determined by G O D and that it is but very short
66
What Use to make of the fixd Term of Human Life
75
What Use to make of the Shortness of Human Life
84
The Time and Manner and Circumstances of every particular Mans Death is not determined by absolute and unconditional Decree
95
The particular time when we are to die is unknown and uncertain to us
101
With the Improvement of it
120
CONCERNING THE FEAR OF DEATH AND THE REMEDIES
169
THE CONCLUSION
180
Index
183

Human Life
69

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