|Author:||Hesketh, Henry, 1637?-1710.|
|Title:||Piety the best rule of orthodoxy, or, An essay upon this proposition, that the conduciveness of doctrines to holiness or vice is the best rule for private Christians to judge the truth or falshood of them by in a letter to his honoured friend H.M. / by Hen. Hesketh.|
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2011 April (TCP phase 2)
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Piety the best rule of orthodoxy, or, An essay upon this proposition, that the conduciveness of doctrines to holiness or vice is the best rule for private Christians to judge the truth or falshood of them by in a letter to his honoured friend H.M. / by Hen. Hesketh.
Hesketh, Henry, 1637?-1710.
London: Printed for Walter Kettilby, 1680.
Reproduction of original in the Union Theological Seminary Library, New York.
PIETY The Best Rule of ORTHODOXY.
CHAP. I. The great need of every Christians taking heed of Error. The difficulty in our pre∣sent circumstances of doing so. The greatness of that Charity that endeavours to assist in order thereunto. The pitch∣ing upon a Rule whereby every man may do, from that place of the Apostle S. John, 1 John 4.6.
CHAP. II. The Collection drawn from the preceeding Text. Piety the best Rule of Orthodoxy. The sense in which the Proposition is to be understood. Two Postulata's in order to the proof of it. God hath provided such a Rule for men to judge by, and the reasons urging a belief that he hath done so. This Rule must be for the bene∣fit and guidance of all men.
CHAP. III. Two ways propounded for the proof of the Assertion, Scripture and Reason. This Text improved largely to this purpose, and Matth. 7.16. of which a full Ex∣plication is endeavoured.
CHAP. IV. The old Testament cited also for the proof of this, and two great considerations added to give more Evidence to it. This the rule to try Prophets by of old, and the best Criterion of a true Divine Miracle.
CHAP. V. A further discourse of Miracles, and of their Evidence, and how to know which are Divine, and which not. An addi∣tion to all from the Nature of Heresie, and wherein the Notion of it doth chief∣ly consist.
CHAP. VI. The Arguments from reason for the proof of the Collection: Four of these pro∣pounded; and Two insisted on in this Chapter: The first taken from the ends of these Two Spirits in the World: The second from the great design of Christian Religion.
CHAP. VII. The third and fourth Arguments proposed: The Inconvenience of substituting any other rule but this, and the manifest advantage of this above any other that can be so substituted.
CHAP. VIII. Six rules laid down to be observed by us in our judging by this rule, and three of these insisted upon.
CHAP. IX. The Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Rules are mentioned and insisted on.
CHAP. X. Some Inferences made from this Collection, particularly a Vindication of the Church of England, which may challenge any Sect at this day to joyn issue upon this Principle.