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Author: Grotius, Hugo, 1583-1645.
Title: The truth of Christian religion in six books / written in Latine by Hugo Grotius ; and now translated into English, with the addition of a seventh book, by Symon Patrick ...
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Print source: The truth of Christian religion in six books / written in Latine by Hugo Grotius ; and now translated into English, with the addition of a seventh book, by Symon Patrick ...
Grotius, Hugo, 1583-1645., Patrick, Simon, 1626-1707.

London: Printed for Rich. Royston ..., 1680.
Alternate titles: De veritate religionis Christianae. English
Translation of: De veritate religionis Christianae.
Reproduction of original in British Library.
Subject terms:
Catholic Church -- Apologetic works.
Christianity -- 17th century.
Indifferentism (Religion) -- Early works to 1800.
Apologetics -- 17th century.

The Christian's Work and Reward.
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To the Right Honorable WILLIAM Earl of BEDFORD Knight of the Most Noble Order of the GARTER, &c.
A PREFACE Giving some Account of the Author, and of this Work.
A CHRISTIAN PRAYER FOR THE Adversaries of true Religion.
To the Honourable Hieronymus Bignonius, The KING'S Advocate in the Supreme Court of PARIS.
The First Book OF THE TRUTH OF Christian Religion.
SECT. I. That there is a GOD.
SECT. II. That there is but one GOD.
SECT. III. That all Perfection is in GOD.
SECT. IV. GOD is Infinite.
SECT. V. That God is eternal, omnipotent, omni∣scient, and absolutely good.
SECT. VI. That God is the Author and cause of all things.
SECT. VII. Answer to that Objection concerning the cause of evil.
SECT. VIII. Against the Opinion of two Principles or causes of things.
SECT. IX. That God doth govern the whole World.
SECT. X. Yea, sublunary things.
SECT. XI. This is further proved by the preserva∣tion of Empires.
SECT. XII. And by Miracles.
SECT. XIII. Specially among the Jews, whereunto credit may be given by reason of the long continuance of their Religion.
SECT. XIV. Also by the truth and antiquity of Moses his story.
SECT. XV. And by the Testimony of many Gentiles.
SECT. XVI. The same is proved by the Oracle and Predictions.
SECT. XVII. The Objection is answered, why Miracles are not now to be seen.
SECT. XVIII. And that now there is such liberty in offending.
SECT. XIX. Insomuch that good Men are oppressed.
SECT. XX. The same Argument is retorted to prove that the Soul survives the Body.
SECT. XXI. Which is proved by Tradition.
SECT. XXII. Against which no contrary reason can be brought.
SECT. XXIII. Many Reasons may be alledged for it.
SECT. XXIV. Whence it follows, that the end of all shall be Man's happiness after this life.
SECT. XXV. Which to obtain, Men must get the true Religion.
The Second Book OF THE TRUTH OF Christian Religion.
SECT. I. To prove the Truth of Christian Re∣ligion.
SECT. II. Here is showen that Jesus lived.
SECT. III. And was put to an ignominious Death.
SECT. IV. Yet afterward was worshipped by prudent and godly Men.
SECT. V. The cause whereof was, for that in his life time there were Miracles done by him.
SECT. VI. Which Miracles were not wrought either by the help of Nature, or assistance of the Devil; but meerly by the Divine Power of GOD.
SECT. VII. Christ's Resurrection proved by credible Reasons.
SECT. VIII. Answer to the Objection, that the Re∣surrection seems impossible.
SECT. IX. The Resurrection of Jesus being granted, the Truth of his Doctrine is confirmed.
SECT. X. Christian Religion preferred before all others.
SECT. XI. For excellency of reward.
SECT. XII. Answer to an Objection, that Bodies once Dead cannot be revived again.
SECT. XIII. The excellency of holy Precepts given for the worship of God.
SECT. XIV. Concerning the Offices of Humanity which we owe unto our Neighbour.
SECT. XV. Of the Conjunction of Man and Woman.
SECT. XVI. Touching the use of Temporal goods.
SECT. XVII. Of Swearing.
SECT. XVIII. Of other Matters.
SECT. XIX. Answer to an Objection touching the Con∣troversies abounding among Christians.
SECT. XX. The excellency of Christian Religion is further proved from the dignity of the Author.
SECT. XXI. Also from the wonderful spreading of this Religion.
SECT. XXII. Considering the meekness and simplicity of them that first taught this Religion.
SECT. XXIII. What great impediments there were that might terrifie Men from the embracing or the professing hereof.
SECT. XXIV. Answer to them that require more for∣cible Reasons.
The THIRD Book OF THE TRUTH OF Christian Religion.
SECT. I. To prove the authority of the Books of the New Covenant.
SECT. II. Here is shown that such Books were writ∣ten by the Authors, whose names they have prefixed.
SECT. III. Some Books were anciently doubted of.
SECT. IV. The Authority of such Books as have no Titles, is proved from the quality of the Writers.
SECT. V. These Pen-men writ the Truth, because they had certain knowledge of what they writ.
SECT. VI. As also because they would not lye.
SECT. VII. A Confirmation of the Fidelity of these Authors from the Miracles which they wrought.
SECT. VIII. The Truth of the Writings confirmed from hence, that many things are found there which the event hath proved to be divinely revealed.
SECT. IX. As also from God's care in preserving his People from false writings.
SECT. X. Answer to the Objection, that divers Books were not received by all.
SECT. XI. Answer to an Objection, that these Books seem to contain things impossible.
SECT. XII. Or things contrary to Reason.
SECT. XIII. Answer to an Objection, that some of these Books are repugnant to the other.
SECT. XIV. Answer to an Objection, taken from out∣ward Testimonies, which make more for these Books.
SECT. XV. Answer to the Objection, that the Scri∣ptures were changed.
SECT. XVI. For the Authority of the Books of the Old Testament.
The Fourth Book OF THE TRUTH OF Christian Religion.
SECT. I. A particular Confutation of the Religions opposite to Christianity.
SECT. II. And first of Paganisme, that there is but one God. Created Spirits are good or bad: the good not to be honoured, but as the most high God directs.
SECT. III. Evil Spirits adored by Pagans, and how impious a thing it is.
SECT. IV. Against the worship, which in Paganisme is exhibited to Men after their Death.
SECT. V. Against worshipping of Stars and Ele∣ments.
SECT. VI. Against worshipping of Bruit-beasts.
SECT. VII. Against worshipping of things that are no substances.
SECT. VIII. Answer to the Argument of the Gentiles taken from Miracles done among them.
SECT. IX. And from Oracles.
SECT. X. Paganisme decayed of its own accord so soon as humane aid ceased.
SECT. XI. Answer to the Opinion of some that think the beginning and decay of Religions depend upon the efficacy of the Stars.
SECT. XII. The chief Points of Christianity are ap∣proved of by the Heathen: and if there be any thing that is hard to be believed therein, the like or worse is found a∣mong the Pagans.
The Fifth Book OF THE TRUTH OF Christian Religion.
SECT. I. A refutation of the Jews, beginning with a speech unto them or prayer for them.
SECT. II. The Jews ought to account the Miracles of Christ sufficiently proved.
SECT. III. And not believe that they were done by the help of Devils.
SECT. IV. Or by the Power of Words and Syl∣lables.
SECT. V. The Miracles of Jesus were divine, be∣cause he taught the worship of one God the Maker of the World.
SECT. VI. Answer to the Objection, taken from the difference between the Law of Moses and of Christ, where is shown that a more perfect Law than that of Moses might be given.
SECT. VII. The Law of Moses was observed by Jesus, who abolished no Commandments that were essentially good.
SECT. VIII. As the Sacrifices, which of themselves were never well-pleasing unto God.
SECT. IX. The difference of Meats.
SECT. X. And of Days.
SECT. XI. Also of outward Circumcision.
SECT. XII. And yet the Apostles of Jesus were gentle in the toleration of these things.
SECT. XIII. A Proof against the Jews, from the pro∣mised Messias.
SECT. XIV. Who is proved to be already come, by the limited time of his coming, which was foretold.
SECT. XV. Answer to that, which some conceive, touching the deferring of his coming, for the sins of the People.
SECT. XVI. Also from the present state of the Jews, compared with those things which the Law promiseth.
SECT. XVII. Jesus is proved to be the Messias, by those things which were foretold concerning the Messias.
SECT. XVIII. Answer to that which is objected, of some things that are not fulfilled.
SECT. XIX. And to that which is objected, of the mean condition and death of Jesus.
SECT. XX. And, as though they were honest men that put him to death.
SECT. XXI. Answer to the Objection, that many Gods are worshipped by the Christians.
SECT. XXII. And that a humane nature is worshipped.
SECT. XXIII. The Conclusion of this part, with Prayer for the Jews.
The Sixth Book OF THE TRUTH OF Christian Religion.
SECT. I. A Confutation of Mahumetanisme: the beginning of it.
SECT. II. The overthrow of the foundation of Ma∣humetanisme, in denying inquiry into Religion.
SECT. III. A Proof against the Mahumetans, taken out of the Books of the Hebrews and Christians, which are not corrupted.
SECT. IV. By comparing Mahumet with Christ in their Persons.
SECT. V. And in their Deeds.
SECT. VI. Also such as first embraced both Religi∣ons.
SECT. VII. The manner how both their Laws were propagated.
SECT. VIII. The Precepts of both Religions compared.
SECT. IX. Answer to the Mahumetans Objection, concerning the Son of God.
SECT. X. Many absurd things in the Books of Ma∣humetans.
SECT. XI. A Conclusion directed unto Christians, ad∣monishing them of their duty, upon the occasion of what hath formerly been handled.
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The Seventh Book OF THE TRUTH OF Christian Religion.
SECT. I. An Introduction, showing what makes the Addition of another Book necessary.
SECT. II. Divisions among Christians, no such ob∣jection against Christianity, as is ima∣gined.
SECT. III. As appears even in the Roman Church, which hath given the greatest scandal.
SECT. IV. But both contradicts it self, and departs from the Ancient and truly Catholick Church.
SECT. V. Christianity therefore is not there in its purity; but much corrupted.
SECT. VI. Answer to an Evasion from the force of the foregoing Argument.
SECT. VII. Their absurd Explication of the Unity of the Catholick Church.
SECT. VIII. Which forbids us to joyn in Communion with them, upon such Terms.
SECT. IX. But on the other side, not to slight Epi∣scopal Authority.
SECT. X. Arguments enough in the foregoing Books, to prove the true Christian Religion not to be sincerely preserved in the Ro∣man Church: one is their way of wor∣ship.
SECT. XI. Another is the way of promoting their Religion.
SECT. XII. The Romanists themselves overthrow their own Religion.
SECT. XIII. Other Instances of it.
SECT. XIV. Whereby they have spoil'd Christianity, as the Pagans did the Natural Religion.
SECT. XV. Answer to what they say about Miracles.
SECT. XVI. Answer to another Objection.
SECT. XVII. Popery and Mahometism had the same Original.
SECT. XVIII. And supports its self by the same means.
SECT. XIX. And refuses to be tried by Scripture.
SECT. XX. The Vanity of their appeal to Traditions.
SECT. XXI. And their guilt in what they say about the holy Scriptures.
SECT. XXII. It is our Wisdom therefore to adhere to the Scriptures.
SECT. XXIII. Which have more manifest notes of cer∣tainty than the Church.
SECT. XXIV. The great incouragement we have to do so.
SECT. XXV. Conclusion of all.
A RECAPITULATION OF THE Principal Things handled IN THIS WORK: According to the several Sections of each Book.