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Page 162 - In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther's Preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed.
Page 236 - ... constitution of nature is contradictory to wisdom, justice, or goodness; which most certainly it is not. Indeed, there are some particular precepts in Scripture given to particular persons, requiring actions which would be immoral and vicious, were it not for such precepts.
Page 167 - Faith, in general, is a divine supernatural evidence, or conviction of things . not seen, not discoverable by our bodily senses: justifying faith implies not only a divine evidence or conviction that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, but a sure trust and confidence that Christ died for my sins, that he loved me, and gave himself for me. And the moment a penitent sinner believes this, God pardons and absolves him ; and as soon.
Page 203 - Whatever God hath revealed, is certainly true ; no doubt can be made of it. This is the proper object of faith: but whether it be a divine revelation or...
Page 203 - ... since the evidence, first, that we deceive not ourselves, in ascribing it to God ; secondly, that we understand it right; can never be so great as the evidence of our own intuitive knowledge, whereby we discern it impossible for the same body to be in two places at once.
Page 220 - I beg the limitations here made may be remarked, when I say that a miracle can never be proved so as to be the foundation of a system of religion.
Page 220 - Upon the whole, then, it appears, that no testimony for any kind of miracle has ever amounted to a probability, much less to a proof...
Page 222 - Now in what way can a revelation be made, but by miracles ? In none which we are able to conceive. Consequently, in whatever degree it is probable, or not very improbable, that a revelation should be communicated to mankind at all ; in the same degree is it probable, or not very improbable, that miracles should lie wrought.
Page 201 - Above reason, are such propositions, whose truth or probability we cannot, by reason, derive from those principles. 3. Contrary to reason, are such propositions, as are inconsistent with, or irreconcilable to, our clear and distinct ideas. Thus the existence of one God, is according to reason : the existence of more than one God, contrary to reason : the resurrection of the dead, above reason.