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mswaded of doth concern me; and then
Volume it hath several Effects according to the
XII. nature of the thing I am perswaded

of, or the degree of the perswasion,
or the capacity of the Person that be-
lieves or is perswaded. If the thing
believed be of great moment, the Ef-
fect of the Faith is proportionable,
cæteris paribus; and so according to the
degree of the perswasion: but if the
Periun be indisposed to the proper
Elects of such a perswasion by the
power oi contrary habits, as it often
happens, the Efect will be abtained
with more difficulty, and may pof-
fibly be totally defeated, by casting
off the perswasion: for while it re-
mains, it will operate and endeavour
and ftrive to work its proper effect.
For Example, a Man may believe
that Wine is very pernicious to him;
and yet a strong inclination to it
may render it very difficult for this
perlwalion to work its proper effect
upon him, which is to leave off Wine,
and may at length wholly defeat it,
by furnishing him with some colour
of Argument that may perswade him

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IV. For the kinds of Faith they Sermon

I. are several, according to the variety of Objects or things believed. I shall reduce them all under these two General Heads.

1. Faith is either Civil or Humane, under which I comprehend the perswasion of things Moral, and Natural, and Political, and the like: Or,

2. Divine and Religious, that is, a perswasion of things that concern Religion. I know not whether there terms be proper, nor am I very solicitous, because I know none fitter, and tell you what I mean by them.

The first kind of Faith concerning things Humane and Civil, I shall not speak of, it being besides my Design.

The second, which I call a Religigious and Divine Faith, comprehends three things under it, which are diftinctly to be consider’d.

1. A perswasion of the Principles of Natural Religion, which are known


by the light of Nature, as the ExiVolume stence of a God, the Immortality of XII. the Soul, and a Future State.

2. A perswasion of things Supernatural, and Reveal'd.


A Perswasion of Supernatural Revelation. These I design fully to handle. Thus I have prepar’d Materials for a large Discourse ; which tho' it be necessary, is, I am sensible, but too tedious, and yet possibly more tedious to me, than you.

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Of a Religious and Divine Faith.

The second Sermon on this Text.

HEB. XI. 6.
But without Faith it is impossible 10

please God. ?

N my last Discourse I came to treat

of a Religious and Divine Faith,

which, I told you, comprehends under it three things, which I now proceed to consider diltinctly.


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First, A Perswasion of the Principles of natural Religion, which are known by the light of Nature.


Volume Secondly, A Perswasion of things suXII. pornatnral and reveald.

Thirdly, A Perswasion of supernatural Revelation. To

First, A Perswasion of the Principles of natural Religion, such as the light of Nature could discover; such are the Existence of God, the Iinmortality of the Soul, and a future State. The things to be enquired concerning this kind of Faith are these.

1. Whether this be truly and perly call’d Faith.


II. What are the Arguments whereby it is wrought.

III. Whether it admit of degrees or not, and what differences are observable in them.

IV. What are the proper and genuine Effects of it.

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