For full access to this item, please  Login

Add to bookbag
Author: Hurst, Henry, 1629-1690.
Title: Agnoia tou psychikou anthråopou, or, The inability of the highest improved naturall man to attaine a sufficient and right knowledge of indwelling sinne discovered in three sermons, preached at St. Marie's in Oxford / by Henry Hurst ...
Publication info: Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan, Digital Library Production Service
2011 April (TCP phase 2)

This keyboarded and encoded edition of the work described above is co-owned by the institutions providing financial support to the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership. Searching, reading, printing, or downloading EEBO-TCP texts is reserved for the authorized users of these project partner institutions. Permission must be granted for subsequent distribution, in print or electronically, of this text, in whole or in part. Please contact project staff at for further information or permissions.

Print source: Agnoia tou psychikou anthråopou, or, The inability of the highest improved naturall man to attaine a sufficient and right knowledge of indwelling sinne discovered in three sermons, preached at St. Marie's in Oxford / by Henry Hurst ...
Hurst, Henry, 1629-1690.

Oxford: Printed by Henry Hall ... for Richard Davis, 1659.
Reproduction of original in Cambridge University Library.
Subject terms:
Sin -- Sermons.
Sermons, English -- 17th century.

title page
TO THE REVEREND AND Learned my Honoured Father Mr HENRY HURST, Minister of the Gospel at Mickleton in Glouc:shire.
1. This is the Doctrine of the Text and other Scriptures.
2 Generall proposed, Best im∣proved Na∣turall men are mista∣ken in this knowledge.
1. Heathens mistake the knowledge.
2 Pelagians mistake this knowledge.
3 Semi-Pe∣lagians mis∣take in this knowledg.
4. School∣men mistake in this knowledg.
5. Some plead an ex∣emption of the Virgin Mary from Originall Sin.
6. The best parts and Learning of Papists are ignorant in this par∣ticular.
7. Where the word is plainly prea∣ched a∣mongst us many are ignorant of this truth.
8. The expe∣rience of Saints is witnesse to this.
3 Generall pro∣posed.
1 The impro∣ved naturall man cannot discover the exceeding great sinfulnesse of the habituall frame of his na∣turell heart.
2. The best Im∣proved naturall man cannot discover the sinfulnesse of the first, secret, unpublished, and unformed tions of this corrupt nature.
3 Best im∣proved na∣turall parts cannot dis∣cover the guile of this sin.
4. Naturall parts can never dis∣cover the strength and power of this sin.
5. The best improved naturallman can never discover the first rise O∣riginall and spring of Lust.
6. The best improved naturall men could never discover the finfull frame of beart in its deserts.
4 Generalls propound∣ed, viz. a Rational account of this truth.
Reas. 1. Be∣cause a Na∣turall man makes use of a crooked Rule.
2. Reason, because there is much spi∣rituall wic∣ednesse in this sin.
3 Demon∣stration. The best improved naturall man can make no further dis∣covery then the light of his received maximes reach.
The early springing of corruption occasion of the naturall mans igno∣rance of this sin.
2. Graduall increase of this sins strength is occasiō of na∣turall mans ignorance of this sin.
3. Universall extent oc∣casion of the naturall mans igno∣rance and error.
4. Uniformity of its acting in all occa∣sion of this ignorance and errour.
5. Unweaied and perpe¦tual delight in this sin, and it's a∣ctings occa∣sion of this ignorance.
4. Reason. Because is unwilling to appeare otherwise then as he may beast, and glory in himselfe.
5 Reason. The best improved naturall man cannot reflect upon his soule ac∣cording to the Law of God.
5th Gene∣rall propo∣posed. The diffe∣rence be∣tween a learned re∣generate▪ and a lear∣ned unre∣generate mans know∣ledge &c.
1. The know∣ledge of a Regenerate soule is a spirituall knowledge.
2. An un∣regeueraie mans know∣ledgeis a logicall con∣clusion from soeculative principles: The rege∣nerates is from pra∣cticall pre∣mises.
Differ. 3. A regene∣rate man seeth this sin inter∣mixt in his duties: An unregene∣rate man doth not.
4. Differ. The regene∣rates know∣ledg is a soule a base∣ing know∣ledg so is not that of the unrege∣nerate.
5. Differ. A regene∣rate man opposeth sin vigorously so doth not an unrege∣nerate man.
6th. Diffe∣rence. A Rege∣nerate man hateth the sinfull frame of heart, so doth not an unregene∣rate man.
7th. Diffe∣rence. A regene∣rate man loves the law, which discovers, forbids, and condemnes lust, so doth not the un∣regenerate.
8. Differ. There is a difference in the certainty evidence & assurance of their know∣ledge.
Use. 1. Insorma∣tion.
Sin of very dangerous consequence to all but specially to Scholars on account that it blinds their under standing.
2. Inform. The natu∣rall man's inevitable ruine and misery, be∣cause he cānot know his danger and disease.
1. A naturall man obno∣xious to wrath, but knows it not.
2. Natu∣rall man ig∣norant of this sin, adds sin to sin, runs far∣ther into debt, and ruines him∣selfe.
3. Impro∣ved parts miserable, because they sin more pertinaci∣ously and soberly.
Inform. 3. Highest im∣proved parts cannot dispose themselves to seek and prize Christ.
Inform. 4. highest im∣parts cannot puri∣fy, and make themselves really holy.
Use. 2. For Cauti∣on.
1. Caut. 1. Attemp∣ting to dis∣cover or concluding you havedis∣covered it by meere naturall light.
2. Caution. Against re∣lying on the opinion of men in their assertions contrary to the experi¦ence of Saint, and witnesse of Scripture.
3. Caution. Learned men's slighting grace be a stumbling block to us.
Use 3. of Tryall. Try then what your knowledge of this sin is.
1. Greater pronesse to mistake.
2. Greater danger to themselves in mistake∣ing.
3. Greater endange∣ring of o∣thers.
4. Expected eminence before o¦thers in ho∣lynesse.
5. Mistaken knowledge cannot lye still and do no harme: it will mis∣chiefe us by
1. Note of Tryill. Right knowledge of this advan∣ceth grace.
2 Note. Right knowledge relyes on powerfull grace to op∣pose lust.
3. Note. True right knowledge directs to the right method of subduing it.
4. Note Right knowledge aggravates particular fins by this.
Use 4. A fourth Ʋse of Direction.
Direction 1. Directi: Study tho∣roughly, and and affect thy heart with, the na∣ture and ex∣tent of Gods Law.
2. Be dilgent in compa∣ring thy heart, its frame and inclinations with the Law so known.
3. Direction Keep thy heart tender and easily affected with sin as it is contra∣ry to God and his Law
Direct. 4. Oppose sin, especially begin the oposition a∣gainst first stirrings of it.
4. Direct. View it with a wee∣ping eye, & mourning heart.
6. Directi∣on. Joyne lear ning and experience together, study it joyntly in thy heart, & other men's books.
A Catalogue of Bookes printed for, and to be sold by Richard Davis at his shop neer Oriell Colledge in Oxford.