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RISE AND PROGRESS
RELIGION IN THE SOUL:
ILLUSTRATED IN A COURSE OF SERIOUS AND PRACTICAL
AND SITUATION :
PRINTED FOR THE RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY,
Instituted 1799 ;
The soul alarmed by a sense of these difficulties committing itself
to Divine protection
CHAP. XXIX.-The Christian rejoicwg in the views of death
The meditation and prayer of a Christian, whose heart is warmed
with these prospects
GIIAP. XXX.-The Christian's dying behaviour
A meditation and prayer suited to the case of a dying Christian W10
RISE AND PROGRESS
RELIGION IN THE SOUL.
INTRODUCTION DESIGN OF THE WORK.
WHEN we look round about us with an attentive eye, and consider the characters and pursuits of men, we plainly see, that though in the original constitution of their nature, they only, of all the creatures that dwell on the face of the earth, are capable of religion, yet many of them shamefully neglect it. And whatever different notions people may entertain of what they call religion, all must agree in owning, that it is very far from being a universal thing.
Religion, in its most general view, is such a sense of God on the soul, and such a conviction of our obligations to him, and of our dependence upon him, as shall engage us to make it our great care, to conduct ourselves in a manner, which we have reason to believe will be pleasing to him. Now when we have given this plain account of religion, it is by no means necessary that we should search among the savages of the African or Ame rican nations to find instances of those who are strangers to it. When we view the conduct of the generality of people at home, in a Christian and Protestant nation, in a nation whose obligations to God have been singular, almost beyond those of any other people under heaven.