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and blame, on examination it will appear insufficient to answer the end for which it is invented ; or else it will be found not to differ in its nature from the faculty of taste, or the heart, as described in these essays.-We must then come to this conclusion, that wherever we behold a created being, who is endued with the faculties of the understanding, taste, and will, and also with liberty, he has all the powers necessary to render him a moral agent, or proper object of praise and blame, and future rewards. Then, to determine whether he is praise or blameworthy, we only have to ascertain his moral character, or the nature of his heart, whether it be holy or sinful. Here we must rest satisfied. For, by the most careful examination we shall find, there is no rational being in the universe, created or uncreated, who is possessed of any other powers, than the faculties which have been described. We know of no others. And we are not conscious of any more, than three distinct classes of operations ; perceptions, affections. and volitions. And as the operations of these differ from each other, they necessarily imply three distinct faculties, to one of which they are to be referred.
ties are necessary, to constitute a being a proper and
and, if not, for what purposes is it requisite, in mor-
ESSAY 22, On the first principles, upon which the Armi
nian and Calvinistic systems of divinity are founded ;
190 Essay 23, On the decrees and prescience of God, and their consistency with each other,
208 Essay 24, Containing arguments from Scripture, that the sentiments advanced in the preceding essays are
221 Essay 25, Objections against this system, stated, and answered,
232 Essay 26, An Examination of the ideas of Rhetoricians, concerning a Taste for beauty, novelty, and gran
249 Essay 27, On total Depravily,
256 Essay 28, On benevolence or holiness,
279 Essay 29, On Regeneration,
313 Essay 30, A summary View of the system, advanced and illustrated in these essays,
350 Essay 31, On the nature of the happiness of heaven, 371 Notes, Referring to different parts of this work, 399
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