The Christian's Faith: A Rational Assent. In Answer to a Pamphlet, Entituled, Christianity not founded on Argument, &c.

By: RANDOLPH, Thomas (1701-1783).

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2 pts. in 1 volume. 8vo. vi, 258; [2], 216 pp. Contemporary gilt-stamped polished calf, gilt-stamped brown leather spine label, 5 raised bands; front hinge cracked, spine ends worn. Armorial bookplate of John Lynch. Ownership signature of W.J. Steer, Nov. 26, 1932. RARE. Very good. FIRST EDITION of Randolph's reply to Henry Dodwell's Christianity Not Founded on Argument (London: Printed for T. Cooper, 1741). Randolph's "valuable answer. . .was published in two parts, divided into six chapters. In the first, the question in dispute is clearly stated, which is reduced to this: whether the Christian faith be founded on argument, and is ordinarily attainable in a rational way, or is to be acquired only by a particular revelation imparted supernaturally to every individual? And he undertakes, in opposition to the author of that pamphlet, to shew, that the Christian's faith ought to be founded upon the conviction of the understanding, and that it is a rational assent, by which he means, that just and satisfactory reasons may be given for the hope and faith we possess. He considers the nature of assent, and shows, that we are not wholly passive in believing or disbelieving, but have a great compass of liberty in the use of those faculties on which assent depends; and that therefore faith may be a virtue, and argue a good disposition of mind, and unbelief be vicious and criminal. In his second chapter, he fairly examines and clearly confutes the author's arguments drawn from the nature of reason and religion: and in the third the arguments from Scripture, by which he pretends to prove, that we are not to use our understandings in matters of religion. In his fourth chapter, he inquires into the author's own scheme, and the principle of gospel evidence which he has thought fit to assign, which he wholly resolveth into an immediate infallible, supernatural revelation, darted with an irresistible light into the mind of every particular person: the absurdity of this Dr. Randolph exposes, and answers the pretended proofs brought from Scripture in support of it. The fifth chapter contains a good account of the proofs of the Christian religion, with a particular consideration of the objections of this writer against miracles and traditional testimony. Lastly, he takes notice of the reflections thrown out by the author of that pamphlet against the Church of England in particular" (Leland, p. 135). PROVENANCE: John Lynch (1697-1760) "was an 18th-century Church of England clergyman. He was Dean of Canterbury from 1734 to 1760. ". . .Dean Lynch was criticised in his lifetime as a notorious pluralist. An anonymous satirical pamphlet (The Life of Dean L---nch, 1748) was published attacking him. In exoneration, H.J. Todd in his Some account of the deans of Canterbury (1793) comments: 'Large as his Income may appear, yet his expenses were equal to his revenues. On his Prebendal and Deanery Houses he had expended no less than £3000. And his private charities were known to equal his public spirit.' Todd notes that Lynch had been an early supporter of the Society for the Support of the Widows and Orphans of the Clergy" (Wiki.pedia). REFERENCES: Leland, John, A View of the Principal Deistical Writers, London: Printed for Charles Daly, 1837. First Edition.

Title: The Christian's Faith: A Rational Assent. In Answer to a Pamphlet, Entituled, Christianity not founded on Argument, &c.

Author Name: RANDOLPH, Thomas (1701-1783).

Categories: Religion,

Publisher: London:, Printed for M. Cooper, 1744, 1745.: 1744

lbs: 3.00 lbs

Seller ID: LV1921

Keywords: Religion