|Author:||Hallywell, Henry, d. 1703?|
|Title:||Deus justificatus, or, The divine goodness vindicated and cleared against the assertors of absolute and inconditionate reprobation together with some reflections on a late discourse of Mr. Parkers, concerning the divine dominion and goodness.|
|Publication Info:||Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan, Digital Library Production Service
2012 November (TCP phase 2)
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Deus justificatus, or, The divine goodness vindicated and cleared against the assertors of absolute and inconditionate reprobation together with some reflections on a late discourse of Mr. Parkers, concerning the divine dominion and goodness.
Hallywell, Henry, d. 1703?, Womock, Laurence, 1612-1685.
London: Printed by E. Cotes for Walter Kettilby, 1668.
Caption and running titles: Gods goodness vindicated against the absolute reprobation.
Attributed to Henry Hallywell--NUC pre-1956 imprints.
Sometimes wrongly attributed to Laurence Womock.
Reproduction of original in the Bodleian Library.
God -- Goodness.
THE PREFACE TO THE READER.
GODS GOODNESS VINDICATED, Against Absolute Reprobation.
CHAP. I. Inconditionate Reprobation inconsistent with the Declarations of God in Holy Scripture.
CHAP. II. Absolute Reprobation repugnant to Right Reason: wherein is set out the Moral Nature of our Souls in reference to Good and Evil, Truth, and Falshood. And this Second Ar∣gument made good in Four Propo∣sitions.
1. To render any being in a far worse condition, and more miserable state, then it's nature and capacities were intended for, without any considera∣tion of an antecedent Crime, or Subse∣quent advantage accruing, meerly upon will and pleasure, is repugnant to the light of natural Reason.
2. To determine by an absolute and positive act the Happiness of some, and the Misery of others, and yet to Decree the same upon condition of their Obe∣dience or Disobedience, is inconsistent with the light of Reason.
3. To command men to Act according to a Law under a certain and severe Punishment, and yet to take away all Power and Ability of Acting according to the Tenor of that Law, is contrary to the dictates of Right Reason.
4. That to Create and bring into Being on purpose to destroy and make mi∣serable, is most irrational.
CHAP. III. The third Argument taken from the Consideration of the Moral Nature of God; from whence are deduced such legitimate Inferences and Con∣clusions as diametrally oppose the Doctrine of Inconditionate Repro∣bation.
1. That there is something Soveraign in the Deity, which is the root and spring of all his other perfections, and that this is Absolutely full Goodness.
2. That that which is most pretious and best (as I may so speak) in the Divine Na∣ture, will be sure to work first, and ex∣tend it self to all the capacities and possibilities of things.
3. Conclusion. That the Divine estimate of things and persons, is according to the truth and reality of their respective Natures; and that when God makes judgment of In∣tellectual Creatures he does it by view∣ing their moral frame and constitution, and accordingly stands more or less af∣fected towards them.
4. Conclusion. That all the results, operations and designs of the Deity, relating to and termina∣ted upon something without him, are the emanations and effects of Absolute and Compleat Goodness.
CHAP. IV. A fourth Argument against the Do∣ctrine of Inconditionate Repro∣bation, taken from the Evangelical Dispensation; wherein is shown, the purport and design of the Gospel, which is to reinstate all men into the Participation of the Divine Nature, and that that Rigid Doctrine is destructive of so high and glorious an end.
CHAP. V. A fift and last Argument, wherein is shewn that the Doctrine of Irrespe∣ctive Reprobation takes away the liberty of Mans Will, and consequent∣ly leaves no place for reward of Vir∣tue, or punishment of Vice.
Chap. VI. An Explication of several Citations of Scripture suborned to attest the Doctrine of Inconditionate De∣crees; together with a brief ex∣amination of some Positions of the Contra-Remonstrants.
Some REFLECTIONS On a late Discourse of Mr. PARKERS, Concerning The Divine Dominion and Goodness.
Axiome I. That there is something immutably and Eternally Good.
Axiome II. That of that which is good, one is better then another.
Axiome III. That the best or highest Quality, Mode, or Attribute in any Being, will obtain the first place in operation.
Axiome IV. That what is best in any Being, is the Rule and measure of all other quali∣ties.
Axiome V. That Being is no longer Eligible, then it is tolerably happy.
Axiome VI. A present Evil that brings with it a Good greater then what that Evil deprived us of, is to be looked upon as Good.