Table of Contents
The Truth of the Christian Religion.
Section I. The occasion of this work.
SECT. II. That there is a God.
SECT. III. That there is but one God.
SECT. IV. All perfection is in God.
SECT. V. And in an infinite degree.
SECT. VI. That God is eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, and completely good.
SECT. VII. That God is the cause of all things.
SECT. VIII. The objection concerning the cause of evil, answered.
SECT. IX. Against two principles.
SECT. X. That God governs the universe.
SECT. XI. And the affairs of this lower world.
SECT. XII. This is further proved by the preservation of empires.
SECT. XIII. And by miracles.
SECT. XIV. But more especially amongst the Jews, who ought to be credited upon the account of the long continuance of their religion.
SECT. XV. From the truth and antiquity of Moses.
SECT. XVI. From foreign testimonies.
SECT. XVII. The same proved also from predictions.
SECT. XVIII. The objection, of miracles not being seen now, answered.
SECT. XIX. And of there being so much wickedness.
SECT. XX. And that so great, as to oppress good men.
SECT. XXI. This may be turned upon them, so as to prove, that souls survive bodies.
SECT. XXII. Which is confirmed by tradition.
SECT. XXIII. And no way repugnant to reason.
SECT. XXIV. But many things favour it.
SECT. XXV. From whence it follows, that the end of man is happiness after this life.
SECT. XXVI. Which we must secure, by finding out the true religion.
SECT. I. A confutation of Judaism, beginning with an address to the Jews.
SECT. II. That the Jews ought to look upon the miracles of Christ as sufficiently attested.
SECT. III. An answer to the objection, that those miracles were done by the help of devils.
SECT. IV. Or by the power of word.
SECT. V. That the miracles of Jesus were divine, proved from hence, because he taught the worship of one God, the Maker of the world.
SECT. VII. The law of Moses was observed by Jesus when on earth; neither was any part of it abolished afterwards, but only those precepts which had no intrinsic goodness in them.
SECT VIII. As sacrifices, which were never acceptable to God upon their own account.
SECT. IX. And the difference of meats.
SECT. X. And of days.
SECT. XI. And circumcision of the flesh.
SECT. XII. And yet the apostles of Jesus easily allowed of those things.
SECT. XIII. A proof against the Jews, taken from their own confession of the extraordinary promise of the Messiah.
SECT. XIV. That he is already come, appears from the time foretold.
SECT. XV. (With an answer to what is alleged, that his coming was deferred upon the account of the sins of the people.)
SECT. XVI. Also from the present state of the Jews, compared with the promises of the law.
SECT. XVII. Jesus proved to be the Messiah, from those things that were predicted of the Messiah.
SECT. XVIII. An answer to what is alleged, that some things were not fulfilled.
SECT. XIX. And to that which is objected of the low condition and death of Jesus.
SECT. XX. And as though they were good men who delivered him to death.
SECT. XXI. An answer to the objection of the Christians worshipping many gods.
SECT. XXII. And that human nature is worshipped by them.
SECT. XXIII. The conclusion of this part, with a prayer for the Jews.
Two Books by Monsieur Le Clerc.
Book I. Concerning the Choice of Our Opinion Amongs the Different Sects of Christians.
SECT. I. We must enquire amongst what Christians the true doctrine of Christ flourisheth most at this time.
SECT. II. We are to join ourselves with those who are most worthy the name of Christians.
SECT. III. They are most worthy the name of Christians who, in the purest manner of all, profess the doctrine the truth of which hath been proved by Grotius.
SECT. IV. Concerning the agreement and disagreement of Christians.
SECT. V. Whence every one ought to learn the knowledge of the Christian.
SECT. VI. Nothing else ought to be imposed upon Christian, but what they can gather from the New Testament.
SECT. VII. The providence of God in preserving the Christian doctrine is very wonderful.
SECT. VIII. An answer to that question, Why God permits differences and errors to arise amongst Christians.
SECT. IX. They profess and teach the Christian doctrine in the purest manner of all, who propose those things only as necessary to be believed, practised, or hoped for, which Christians are agreed in.
SECT. X. All prudent persons ought to partake of the sacrament with those who require nothing else of Christians but what every one finds in the books of the New Testament.
SECT. XI. Concerning church-government.
SECT. XII. The ancient church-government was highly esteemed by Grotius, without condemning others.
SECT. XIII. An exhortation to all Christians who differ from each other, not to require of one another any points of doctrine, but such as every one finds in the New 'Testament, and have always been believed.
Book II. Against Indifference in the Choice of Our Religion.
SECT. I. That we ought to have a love for truth in all things, but more especially in such as are of great moment.
SECT. II. Nothing can be of greater moment than religion; and therefore we ought to use our utmost endeavours to come at the true knowledge of it.
SECT. III. That an indifference in religion is in its own nature unlawful, forbidden by the laws of God, and condemned by all sects of Christians.
SECT. IV. We ought not hastily to condemn those who differ from us, as if they were guilty of such a crime, or such unlawful worship, as is inconsistent with eternal life; so that none who admit such persons should be capable of the mercy of God; nor yet, on the other hand, is it lawful for us to profess that we believe what we do not really believe, or to do what, at the same time, we condemn.
SECT. V. A man that commits a sin by mistake may be accepted of God, but a hypocrite cannot.
Testimonies Concerning Hugo Grotius’s Affection for the Church of England.