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ADAMS, JAY

The Biblical View of Self-Esteem, Self-Love, Self-Image
Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? Familiar questions in our day and age. But has our search for answers led us too far in the wrong direction: away from our true position in Christ and toward a dangerous emphasis on self? This book clears up the confusion caused by today's popular theology of selfism. How to evaluate the modern movement promoting "self" and Psychology, ideas now well entrenched in many churches. How to determine if this movement has any biblical basis and how Christians can relate to these teachings. Related item: Richard Ganz's PsychoBabble: The Failure of Modern Psychology and the Biblical Alternative
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ADAMS, JAY

Christian Counselor's Manual: The Practice of Nouthetic Counseling
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ADAMS, JAY

Christian Living in the Home
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Competent to Counsel
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Handbook of Church Discipline
This is a handbook for pastors, elders, and all Christians who want to see how Scripture presents the process of discipline that should operate in the Christian community... The author has developed the book around the five steps of corrective discipline found especially in Matthew 18:15-17 (backcover).
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The Meaning and Mode of Baptism
Some of the propositions set forth in chapter 28 of the Westminster Confession of Faith (Of Baptism) are as follows: "III. Dipping of the person into the water is not necessary; but baptism is rightly administered by pouring or sprinkling water upon the person. IV. Not only those that do actually profess faith in and obedience unto Christ, but also the infants of one or both believing parents are to be baptized. V. Although it be a great sin to contemn or neglect this ordinance, yet grace and salvation are not so inseparably annexed unto it as that no person can be regenerated or saved without it, or that all that are baptized are undoubtedly regenerated. VI. The efficacy of baptism is not tied to that moment of time wherein it is administered; yet, notwithstanding, by the right use of this ordinance the grace promised is not only offered, but really exhibited and conferred by the Holy Ghost, to such (whether of age or infants) as that grace belongeth unto, according to the counsel of God's own will, in his appointed time. VII. The sacrament of Baptism is but once to be administered to any person." In this book Adams defends these positions in an easy to read and incisive manner. This is without a doubt the best short book on this topic, as it deals with all the major arguments concerning both the meaning and the mode of baptism. It has been priced for the widest possible distribution.
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Shepherding God's Flock: A Handbook on Pastoral Ministry, Counseling, and Leadership
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Solving Marriage Problems: Biblical Solutions for Christian Counselors
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What are the Duties of Parents and Children; and How are They to be Managed According to Scripture? (1674, reprinted 1844)
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ADAMS, THOMAS

Works of Thomas Adams (3 volumes)
Adams (1600-1662) was considered "The Shakespeare of the Puritans" for his magnificent and beautiful writing style.

The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1911 edition, notes,

"His occasionally printed sermons, when collected in 1629, placed him beyond all comparison in the very van of the preachers of England, and had something to do with the shaping of John Bunyan. He equals Jeremy Taylor in brilliance of fancies, and Thomas Fuller in wit. Robert Southey calls him 'the prose Shakespeare of Puritan theologians.' His numerous works display great learning, classical and patristic, and are unique in their abundance of stories, anecdotes, aphorisms and puns."

Joel Beeke quoted Adams in his article "What is Reformed Experimental Preaching" in the following words: "Christ is the sum of the whole Bible, prophesied, typified, prefigured, exhibited, demonstrated, to be found in every leaf, almost in every line, the Scriptures being but as it were the swaddling bands of the child Jesus". Contains over 500 pages per volume.

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ADDISON, L.

The Life and Death of Mahumed, the author of the Turkish Religion, being an account of his tribe, parents, birth, name, education, marriages, filthiness of life, Alcoran, first proselytes, wars, doctrines, miracles, advancement, etc. 1679.

Lancelot Addison, an English chaplain of the seventeenth century, here provides a brief account of Mohammed (which he spells "Mahumed"), the founder of Islam, and his basic doctrine. It is written from a Christian perspective, and is not tainted by political correctness.

One of the most important aspects of Mohammed's life was the writing of the Koran (or "Alcoran" in this book). Mohammed had a secretary who would write down whatever Mohammed claimed to have received from God through the angel Gabriel. Mohammed gave the message, but the secretary would write the actual words. One of the secretaries was Abdalla Celen, a lapsed Jew. Abdalla realized, however, that Mohammed's supposed messages from Gabriel were actually fake. To test this Abdalla decided on the following course:

"that whensoever he was commanded to write such and such verses, he would turn the end of the verse to another meaning, changing the words and order, but not the rhyme nor consonance. . . . And thus Abdalla for seven years continued changing the end of the verses. And finding that Mahumed did not perceive the change, he concluded, that if he had received them from God, and that if God had intended them to be the immutable rule of life, the palpable changes made by him would have been detected. Whereupon, Abdalla quitted his office, and reconciled himself to his old religion" (pp. 41-42).

Regarding his sexual behaviour, Mohammed may have been the Bill Clinton of his day. He had seven wives "besides very many concubines. And though he confined his proselytes to four wives, yet he laid not any such restraint upon himself; having received a license from Gabriel to marry as many as he pleased, and a power to divorce them when he listed. But it gave no small scandal to the Moors, when he gave it out, that to have as many wives as he pleased, was an indulgence granted him in particular, in token of the affection God bore him above other men; which blasphemous assertion, was out of fear tamely yielded to by his timorous adherents. So that when ever Mahumed had a mind to a new bed-fellow, the angel Gabriel brought him a revelation for so doing" (p. 27).

Clearly, this kind of lifestyle proves that Mohammed was not a prophet of the true God. "He had seven wives, besides concubines. He was unsatiable in his lusts, and so enormous therein, that he spared no man's bed. The filthiness of whole life, was a plain demonstration of the falseness of his prophecy, according to the rules of trying false prophets laid down by Maimonides" (p. 81).

And yet, the emphasis on carnal delights apparently contributed to the success of his religious enterprise. That is, "the sensual liberty allowed by Mahumed, may be duly accounted among the main causes of the advancement of his Imposture: for he did not grant his sectaries only in this life a prodigious filthiness and carnality, but he promised them the like in Paradise, as I have before mentioned: And men (we know) are more allured and persuaded with sensual enjoyments, whereof they have certain experience, than with the promises of spiritual delights, presented only to their hopes, and for which, present and sensible pleasures must in the mean time be forsaken" (p. 136).

Towards the end of this book, Addison suggests that Mohammed was allowed into this world with his evil religion as God's punishment against His apostatizing church. "It would be too bold an intrusion into the secrets of Providence, to enquire why God should suffer this monstrous Imposter, from so contemptible a beginning, to grow up to be a scourge and disturber of the whole world; which with most safety is to be ascribed to His Power and Wisdom, who makes the worst of men serviceable to His Providence, in making them the Executioners of His anger, which we may conclude was now fearfully incensed against those who had so undutifully prevaricated the Heavenly Rule of good life, and had no less violated the unity of the Gospel by schism, through their want of charity, than they had prostituted the Faith thereof through heresy, for lack of Truth" (p. 132). As evidence of this he points out that "the Mahumedan conquests at first chiefly seized on those regions where Christianity was most pestered with heresies" (p. 134).

In light of the current terrorist war by Mohammed's most dedicated followers against innocent civilians in the US and elsewhere, this book would be a helpful tool for many Christians.

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ADLER, MORTIMER

How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading
Originally published in 1940, this book has become a rare phenomenon, a living classic. It is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader. And now it has been completely rewritten and updated. You are told about various levels of reading and how to achieve them, form elementary reading, through systematic skimming and inspectional reading, to speed reading. You learn how to pigeonhole a book, X-ray it, extract the author's message, and criticize. You are taught different reading techniques for reading practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science and mathematics, philosophy (religion) and social science.
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ALEXANDER, ARCHIBALD
Evidences of the Authenticity, Inspiration, and Canonical Authority of the Holy Scriptures (1838)

This book (of 390 pages) is an example of the old Princeton apologetic, having been written by one of the early Princeton theologians. Human reason is accorded a major role in this form of apologetic. Along this line Alexander writes,

In receiving therefore the most mysterious doctrines of revelation, the ultimate appeal is to reason. Not to determine whether she could have discovered these truths; not to declare whether considered in themselves they appear probable; but to decide whether it is not more reasonable to believe what God speaks, than to confide in our own crude and feeble conceptions (p. 11).

The first part of the book thus argues for the reasonableness of Christianity in general, and Christian beliefs such as revelation, miracles, and the inspiration of the Bible in particular.

The second part of the book deals with the canon of Scripture. It discusses how the books of the Old and New Testament were determined to be authentic, and why the Apocryphal books are not to be accepted as canonical. Regarding the New Testament, the following is noted:

Three methods of determining what books of the New Testament are canonical, have been adopted by different persons. The first is, the authority of the Church, that is, the Church of Rome, which arrogates this authority to herself. The second is, internal evidence, which some have deemed sufficient, without the aid of external testimony. The third is, to refer to historical testimony, as has been done in regard to the Old Testament (p. 337, emphases added).

Alexander, of course, rejects the first method, and is cautious about the second. For him, historical testimony is the key to determining which New Testament books are canonical.

While, therefore, internal evidence ought not to be rejected, but may afford much light as an auxiliary source of evidence, our principal reliance must be upon historical testimony: and it is a matter of thankfulness that this is so complete, as to leave little more to be desired for the satisfaction of every impartial inquirer (p. 338, emphases added).

There are many other topics (like the preservation of the text, prophecies, etc.) which Alexander deals with, insuring that Christians investigating the development of the canon will find much of interest here.

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ALEXANDER, ARCHIBALD

A Treatise on Justification by Faith (1837)
Justification by faith played a large role in throwing off the shackles of Popery and superstition early in the first Reformation, especially among the Lutherans. And "(a)lthough Calvin refers to justification by faith as 'the principal article of the Christian religion,' it seems that he is acknowledging its importance to an earlier generation, rather than stating its importance to his own theological position. Justification is not demonstrably of central importance to Calvin's conception of the Christian faith. Nevertheless, the issues raised by the doctrine of justification remained active, even in Calvin's day" (Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation
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ALEXANDER, J.A.

Commentary on Acts

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Commentary on the Gospel of Mark

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Commentary on the Psalms

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ALEXANDER, J.A.

The Gospel According to Matthew

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ALEXANDER, J.A.

Isaiah Translated and Explained (2 Volumes).

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Dying for Friends

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ALEXANDER, J.W. & B.M. PALMER
The Family
(reprinted 1991)

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ALEXANDER, JAMES W.

Family Worship: A Biblical Duty (1847)
It would be almost impossible to overemphasis the importance of daily family worship. It is a blessed privilege for those who have known it as children and/or adults. It is foundational to any lasting revival or reformation. It is a duty commanded by God in Scripture, and to neglect it is, without a doubt, sinful. The Westminster Divines made it clear, in their amazing Directory for Family Worship, that obstinacy in the sin of neglecting family worship should lead รณ where there are faithful elders -- to the head of the offending house being "suspended and debarred from the Lord's supper." This book gives the nature, warrant, and history of family worship in easy to read large print.
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Family Worship: Its Influence Over All of Life
Some have postulated that the Reformation would have fizzled out in no time had it not been for the faithful men who led their families in daily worship. Nothing is more calculated to enhanced and abet all other spiritual duties than daily family worship. It will curtail divorce and domestic violence, both of which were unheard of among the Puritans because of their love for the use of the means of grace within this setting, and help lead many individuals -- and ultimately nations -- to Christ. This book covers the influence of family worship on the individual piety of parents and children. It shows it to be a means of intellectual improvement and a bond of domestic harmony and love. Men, if you really want to change the world, start with your own immediate sphere of influence and responsibility. Preparing your own heart before the Lord and instituting daily family worship will do more good than most can imagine! This is your commanded duty.
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Thoughts on Family Worship

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ALLEINE, JOSEPH

A Sure Guide to Heaven
One of the greatest evangelistic books, and a spur to personal evangelism. Previously published under the title "An Alarm to the Unconverted." One of the Puritan Paperback series published by Banner of Truth.
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Scientist Robert Gentry has discovered that granites contain beautiful microscopic coloration halos produced by the radioactive decay of primordial polonium. According to every basic principle of evolutionary theory, these halos shouldn't be there. Polonium radiohalos indicate that the earth was formed instantly and thus totally refute evolutionary theory. Furthermore this very evidence, though published in notable scientific journals and used as testimony in courts of law, has yet to be challenged by any evolutionist. The remarkable story of the discovery of this "finger print of creation" is told here. 34 minutes. This is a companion video which can be effectively used together with The Young Age of the Earth Video ($US39.95).

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Hells Bells: The Dangers of Rock 'n' Roll
A shocking expose of the message and medium that has mesmerized whole generations. This is an incredibly intense biblical look at one of the major forces in our culture today. "When modes of music change, the fundamental laws of the state change with them," stated Plato. The degenerate communist dictator Vladimir Lenin noted the potential power for evil in music, when he said, "One quick way to destroy a society is through its music." Moreover, for Christians, music is an extremely important expression of faith and worship, as we note that God has providentially positioned the Psalter (His divinely inspired song-book) right in the center of the Bible. But it is clear that music can be a sanctifying or seducing power. Satan has made full use of his musical prowess through rock and its promoters and this video unmasks the devil's spiritual power as the driving force behind rock and roll. Contrasting the message of rock with the Word of God, rock's seductive nature is laid bare in these instructive videos, thus providing a clear warning to those who are still entangled in its demonic clutches. First-hand experience coupled with several years of research has produced this exhaustive analysis and these videos have now been seen by millions. It is considered the definitive work on Rock music from a Christian perspective. One drawback that we should warn you about is that these videos contain some pictures of an effeminate, long-haired man (the Roman Catholic "Jesus") who is clearly supposed to be the Lord Jesus Christ. We note this violation of the second commandment so that you do not purchase these videos unaware of this fact. The videos are also quite explicit and are not suitable for younger children; parental discretion is strongly advised. We leave you with a telling quote from the study guide, "A lot of people want to say 'It's just music, I'm not paying attention to the words..." This is a total cop-out, the scriptures practically scream at us that we are to have NO fellowship with evil... Consider the following parable: A man is married to a woman named Mary and Mary has dedicated her life to fighting pollution. The man comes home one day and says, 'Mary, I've got the greatest new album; you won't believe how hot the guitarist is! One thing though, the words kind of stink so don't pay any attention to them.' As the CD plays Mary hears lyrics advocating the rape of the environment and even making fun of her by name for her anti-pollution efforts. She walks over and picks up the cover and it's got a picture of the group sticking her face into an oil slick! In Mary's mind (and really anybody else's), who does the man love more, Mary or his music? So Jesus must ask of a person who says he loves Him but listens to songs that mock him, tell lies, or extol the very sins that nailed Him to the cross." (p. 50).
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Home Schooling: Is It for You?

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The Young Age of the Earth
Provides revolutionary new scientific evidence which clearly shows that the Earth is actually quite young (i.e. less than 10,000 years old). 79 minutes.
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AMES, WILLIAM

Conscience with the Powers and Cases Thereof (1639)
Translated out of the Latin into English, this extremely rare item is in excellent condition (i.e. the print is very good, making it easy to read). The work is divided into five books, expanding on the second part of his famous Marrow of Divinity
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AMES, WILLIAM
A Fresh Suit Against Human Ceremonies in God's Worship (1633)

A rare facsimile from this Calvinist divine who was one of the most acute controversialists of his age. This highly influential Puritan theologian was assistant to the president of the Synod of Dort and Professor of Divinity at Franecker. He died in 1633. In this massive work, Ames aims at vindicating the Lord's sovereign Kingship in matters of worship. The summary and general thrust of the detailed and precise argumentation found in this book is beautifully encapsulated by the words inscribed on its title page, "I hate vayn inventions: but thy law doe I love" (Ps. 119:113). Almost 700 pages.

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ANDERSON, GEORGE

The Use and Abuse of Diversions (1733)
A sermon on Luke 19:23: "And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come." Contains two appendices showing that the stage in particular is an unchristian diversion. Commenting on the modern equivalent of the stage (and the movie theater could be included here also), giving us an example of how "the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light," Postman writes,

"Television is, after all, a form of graven imagery far more alluring than a golden calf. I suspect (though I have no external evidence of it) that Catholic objections to Bishop Fulton Sheen's theatrical performances on television (of several years back) sprang from the impression that viewers were misdirecting their devotions, away from God and toward Bishop Sheen, whose piercing eyes, awesome cape and stately tones were as close a resemblance to a deity as charisma allows. Television's strongest point is that it brings personalities into our hearts, not abstractions into our heads. That is why CBS' programs about the universe were called 'Walter Cronkite's Universe.' One would think that the grandeur of the universe needs no assistance from Walter Cronkite. One would think wrong. CBS knows that Walter Cronkite plays better on television than the Milky Way. And Jimmy Swaggart plays better than God. For God exists only in our minds (please disregard Postman's theologically imprecise language in referring to God--RB), whereas Swaggert is there, to be seen, admired, adorned. Which is why he is the star of the show. And why Billy Graham is a celebrity, and why Oral Roberts has his own university, and why Robert Schuller has a crystal cathedral all to himself. If I am not mistaken, the word for this is blasphemy" (Amusing Ourselves to Death, p 123, $15.96, softcover).

Anderson's book (of 224 pages) gives more insight into this very pertinent, pressing and prevalent subject. Are you of the spirit of the Psalmist when he declares, "I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me" (Ps. 101:3)? If not, why not?
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ANDERSON, JAMES
Ladies of the Covenant (1851)

Memoirs of distinguished Scottish female characters (some who were martyred), embracing the period of the covenant and the persecution. The introduction notes the importance of the lives of these courageous women, when it states:

They have especially by the magnanimity with which they suffered in the cause of truth, emphatically taught us the important principle that we are in all things and at all times to do what is right; and as to the disapprobation, opposition, and persecution of men, in whatever way manifested, or to whatever extent, we are to let that take its chance, a principle, the importance of which it is difficult to over-estimate; which lies at the foundation of all that is great and good in character; which has enabled the greatest and the best men, by the blessing of God, to achieve the great purposes they have formed for advancing the highest interests of mankind, and upon which it is necessary for the good soldier of Christ to act in every age, in an age in which the church enjoys tranquillity, as well as when she suffers persecution.

Samuel Rutherford's (and others) correspondence with these exceptional Christian women is noted throughout. 494 pages of soul-stirring history!

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ANDERSON, JOHN
Alexander and Rufus; or a Series of Dialogues on Church Communion, in Two Parts. Part 1: Vindication of Scriptural Church Communion in Opposition to Latitudinarian Schemes. Part 2: Defence of the Communion Maintained in the Secession Church (1862)

The close communion doctrine of the Reformation continues to be much misunderstood and maligned in our day. The false ecumenists (and theological egalitarians and pluralists) of our day continue to batter away at this foundation of the Reformation doctrine of the church -- while even many of those that profess to be the heirs of the Reformation are found to be ignorant regarding this point. Any doctrine of communion which does not take into account the biblical command to "be of one mind" (cf. Rom. 15:6, 2 Cor. 13:11, Phil. 1:27, Phil. 2:2, 1 Pet. 3:8) at a corporate, visible level is skewed from the beginning. In short, latitudinarian schemes of open communion (which only include the so-called "essentials" of the faith) are schismatic (i.e. if we do not confuse "schism" with "separation").

Schismatic schemes promoting open communion (of which paedocommunion is presently at the head), attempt to "dumb down" (to a greater or lesser degree) the requirements for partaking at the Lord's table. Loose and latitudinarian schemes of communion lead to churches that stand for little -- or nothing -- over time; while a Scripturally regulated close communion tends to the exact opposite end. Anderson makes this very point in his preface to this book, "corruption is the native consequence of latitudinarian schemes, (while) scriptural order in sacramental communion tends to make the visible church a heaven on earth to the faithful, terrible as an army with banners to her enemies, and to her King and Head for a name, for a praise and for glory."

If you love the purity and peace of Christ's church and agree with the words of John Calvin, when he wrote, "We are only contending about the true and lawful constitution of the church, required in the communion not only of the sacraments (which are the signs of profession) but also especially of doctrine" (Institutes, 4.2.12), then you will find a meaty meal in Alexander and Rufus -- for the author not only deals with the larger questions related to church communion, but also weaves into the fabric of this book many specific threads relating to practical applications and doctrinal controversies. Moreover, notwithstanding a couple of peculiar doctrinal foibles originating from the Seceder camp, in opposition to the Covenanters (especially regarding civil government and some points of the law), a plethora of subjects relative to the Reformed view of communion, church union, testimony-bearing, etc., are all dealt with here -- and these points are given the kind of attention (along with Scriptural and historical accuracy) that will be greatly appreciated among those familiar with the precise views of the "old dissenters" of Scottish origin.

In short, Alexander and Rufus gives us an excellent defense of biblically regulated close communion, which Anderson shows to be God's ordained method of promoting truth, unity and Reformation.

Anderson also does an excellent job concerning: Calvin's plan for promoting a union among the churches (p. 151ff.); the place of confessions and confessional subscription (pp. 85, 179); covenanting (pp. 358-384); separation (pp. 92, 132); worship (pp. 10-13, 87, 107, 142, 155, 161-164, 456ff., etc.); the marks of the church (p. 132ff.); uniformity (pp. 7, 103, 168, 205); the Westminster Assembly (p. 169ff); the Dutch views (p. 158f.); distinctions between essentials and non-essentials (p. 168); the so-called "glorious revolution" of 1688 (p. 263); the French Reformed churches (p. 156); the covenanted Reformation (p. 253); discipline (p. 103); attainments (pp. 11, 93, 137, 162ff., 206, etc.); the government of the church (p. 123); the so-called "Apostle's creed" (pp. 100-104); the Belgic Confession (pp. 135-138); councils in the ancient church (p. 104); the Donatists (p. 112); the forsaking of sin, false doctrine, and false teachers (pp. 92, 132); occasional hearing (p. 83); Owen against open communion (p. 207); sectarianism (p. 92); and much, much more.

On the topic of church and sacramental communion you are unlikely to find many other books with as much solid information. Recommended for advanced study. Indexed, 518 pages.

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ANDERSON, JOHN

A Catechism, Setting Forth the Principles of Public Covenanting (1889)
On covenanting the preface perceptively notes, "In this exercise the covenanter engages to no new duty but declares upon oath that he believes the doctrine and practice of this church to be the very truth of God, and engages in the strength of promised grace to continue faithful to Christ and his cause. The unrest and spirit of change that moves the church of today is the chief reason why this ordinance is so much opposed. It carries with it a certainty of knowledge, a fixedness of principle, and steadfast in profession that is counter to the Spirit of our times. A declining church is not a covenanting one; it (covenanting--RB) has only been practiced by those churches that were seeking to hold that to which they had attained." A concise and easy-to-read introduction to covenanting. 88 pages.
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ANDERSON, JOHN

Overcoming Division and Unifying the Visible Church: A Rebuke Against the Sin of Occasional Hearing (1794)
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," notes the author. 24 pages.
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ANDERSON, JOHN

Precious Truth; Or Some Points in Gospel Doctrine Vindicated (1806)
A very practical book on the nature of faith, the free offer of the Gospel, assurance and much more. Chapters include: "Of marks and evidences of a State of Grace;" "Of the priority of Justification to the exercise of Evangelical Repentance;" "Of the work of the Holy Spirit in Conversion;" "Some instances of a decline from the Doctrine of the Reformation and Causes of that decline." Anderson "had great influence in the Church, being particularly esteemed for his publications" (David Lachman, Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology
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ANDERSON, JOHN

The Scripture Doctrine of the Appropriation Which is in the Nature of Saving Faith, Stated and Illustrated; in Several Discourses (1793, 1849)
"The following sermons," writes Robertson, "appear to me the best I have every seen on the subject; and I have authority to declare, that this is the judgement of several ministers, of very respectable character, in the religious society to which I belong; and also of several others of different denominations, whose acknowledged reputation, and attachment to the interests of religion, would be a powerful recommendation of these Discourses to the perusal of their Christian friends and connections, both in North and South Britain." Foundational teaching on salvation and righteousness for which the author declares, "The faith which is described in the ensuing Sermons, prevailed in the hearts of the patriarches and prophets, martyrs and confessors, by which they subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises; it is that faith which leads the soul directly to Christ, as offered in the promise of the gospel, without waiting for any previous qualifications, and to improve him for sanctification as well as justification, by looking unto him for all the endowments necessary thereunto." Very pertinent to the "free offer" controversy and all Calvinist evangelistic endeavors. Fourth American edition, 180 pages.
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ANDERSON, JOHN

Vindiciae Cantus Dominici: Or, A Vindication of the Doctrine Taught in a Discourse on the Divine Ordinance of Singing Psalms (1793)
Because the author contends that "the welfare of the church and her members is deeply concerned in the preservation of the purity of God's worship," he here defends the old paths of Protestant worship in opposition to the will-worship of Popery, Socinianism and Arminianism. Herein he shows how the singing of songs other than the Psalms (in public worship) violates the second commandment, dishonors God and brings His wrath upon individuals, churches and nations. Anderson also answers a number of objections against exclusive Psalmody which are still common today; for example the objection, "with respect to the nature of singing, as if there were no difference between it and prayer, except in the manner of performance." This is a valuable contribution to the defense of exclusive Psalmody. 184 pages.
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ANDERSON, WILLIAM

The Voice Of Renwick, The Last of the Scottish Martyrs (1882)
A rare work setting forth the stirring story of the young minister & martyr James Renwick. It explains the main points (of Covenanted Reformation) for which he and many other Covenanters suffered and died. Also makes practical applications which can be applied to today.
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ANNESLEY, SAMUEL

How May We Attain to Love God With All Our Hearts, Souls, and Minds? (1661, reprinted 1844)
Digs deep, as only the Puritans can, into the gold mine of Matthew 22:37,38. Shows what it is to love God, impediments to this love and the means to attaining it (and much more).
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ARROWSMITH, JOHN
The Covenant Avenging Sword Brandished
(1643)

This famous sermon (of 32 pages), on Leviticus 26:25, "I shall bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant," (by one of the more prominent men that was shortly thereafter called to the Westminster Assembly) was preached "Before the Honorable (English--RB) House of Commons, At Their Late Solemn Fast, January 26(1643)". It demonstrates that it is the Scriptural duty of nations and their rulers to covenant with Christ and to seek God's glory in all things -- which is especially important in the case of civil leaders in their office as civil leaders. For, as Arrowsmith shows, if this is not done (with godly zeal), God's wrath (in the form of blindness to the truth, in a lack of fear of the judgment that is to come, in storms and wars and other calamities, etc.) will be poured out upon those nations which refuse to "kiss the Son" by obeying and covenanting with Him.

Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him (Ps. 2:10-12).

In this sermon Arrowsmith also summons the English parliament to new obedience to Christ. Some suggest that Arrowsmith may have been the main shaper of the Shorter Catechism. "Cotton Mather says... 'everything of Arrowsmith is admirable'... He was clearly respected as both a preacher and a scholar by the (Westminster--RB) Assembly, which he repeatedly summoned to unity and diligence in its work" (Barker, Puritan Profiles, p. 148).

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ANONYMOUS (Robert M'Ward)

The Case of the Accommodation (1671)
The title continues: "Lately proposed by the Bishop of Dumblane, to the Non-conforming Ministers examined. Wherein also the Ancient Prostasia, or Episcopus Praeses, is considered; and the Solemn League and Covenant occasionally vindicated." This title has been attributed to Robert M'Ward. 134 pages.
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ANONYMOUS
The Equity of the Solemn League and Covenant Justified, Against an Infectious and Libellous Pamphlet: Entitled, The Iniquity of the late Solemn League and Covenant Discovered (1644)

This brief (10 page) piece is a refutation of an anti-Covenanter tract. The anti-Covenanter tract argued that the content of the Solemn League and Covenant is sinful, and therefore those who took the Covenant need to repent. The alleged sin in the Covenant is that it binds people to be seditious against the king and to oppose the historic prelatical church government (i.e., spiritual tyranny) in England. In refuting these allegations, the anonymous writer points out that the Covenant actually binds its adherents to defend the king who, at that time, was "being seduced by evil Counselors, and such as have a design to alter our Religion, invade our Liberties, and bring in Popery" (pp. 6-7). The Covenant upheld the true government and liberties of England, and thus was not in any way seditious. Furthermore, the elimination of prelacy was not in any way sinful. Prelacy was "in the opinion of the most and best Protestants unquestionable and obvious to all men, to be but of human institution" (p. 5). Regarding the prelates, "all reformed Churches have expelled them, as incompatible with Reformation" (p. 6).

In sum, the Solemn League and Covenant binds people to be good Christians. "In a word the duty is such that God hath ordained, the matter is such as God approveth, and the consequence will be such as God hath promised, the accomplishment of our peace and happiness in this life, and the final consummation of it in that which is to come" (p. 13).

"Take it then reader and swear to it" (p. 13).

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ANONYMOUS
A Modest Apology for the Conduct of Seceders, in Refusing to Join in Christian Communion with Sectarians, Latitudinarians, etc. Who Have Departed From the Purity of Reformation Once Attained to in these Kingdoms

An exceedingly rare work published in 1773. Sets forth a strong case for separation from all bodies that are backslidden from the work of covenanted reformation, as it was attained during the days of the Westminster Assembly, and as set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith and its related documents (regarding the government, worship, doctrine and discipline of Christ's church). Denounces the "detestable indifference or neutrality" of not maintaining covenant obligations, which bind all reformers, "to endeavour the extirpation of all superstition, heresy, schism, and whatsoever should be found contrary to sound doctrine." Also proves that there is no liberty or love that is contrary to God's Word. Maintains Christian charity throughout by distinguishing between loving the persons in error, and taking part with, or encouraging them in their sinful confederacies or actions.

A great work on the subjects of purity, faithfulness and separation. It is in keeping with the sentiments expressed in the Reformed Presbytery's Act, Declaration and Testimony which states,

The first cry against the presbytery and its members was 'schism, schismatics.' This charge was promptly and publicly met and refuted, by showing from the Scriptures, that schism 'is in the body,' 1 Cor. 12:26; and from the approved writings of our covenanting fathers, that 'sometimes to avoid schism, we must separate.' Our worthy ancestors knew better than to adopt the vocabulary of papal Rome. Besides, 'the majority making defection are the real separatists' (Samuel Rutherford).

44 pages.

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ANONYMOUS
Protesters Vindicated: Or, A Just and Necessary Defence of Protesting Against, and Withdrawing from This National Church of Scotland on Account of Her Many Gross and Continued Defections (1716)

The title continues: "More particularly, her approving of, and going into the legal establishment of the Prelatic constitutions of England. The generality of ministers swearing, in the Oath of Abjuration, to maintain Erastianism, Prelacy, and English Popish Ceremonies. Non-Jurants joining with Jurants, judicially approving that practice to be free of scandal. The Church's establishing tyranny in government, against all who will not join in communion with her, and approve her practices without redress of grievances. Wherein these and several other causes of withdrawing are proven to be justly chargeable on the Church, demonstrated to be contrary to the Word of God and Reformed principles of this Church, and just grounds of withdrawing, and setting up judicatures distinct from her; and the objections of Jurants and others fully answered." This is a classic, detailed statement of the old covenanted principles and the biblical attainments of the second Reformation (like the Solemn League and Covenant, the Westminster standards, etc.). It is also an excellent defense against the modern malignants who counsel Christ's children to remain in the backsliding and covenant breaking denominations that abound in our day. Very Rare! 270 pages.

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The Mystery of Magistracy Unveiled: or, God's Ordinance of Magistracy Asserted, Cleared, and Vindicated from Heathenish Dominion, Tyrannous and Antichristian Usurpation, Despisers of Dignities, and Contemners of Authorities
Though the author is unknown, this work has been thought by some to have been written by George Gillespie. It is a fine introduction to second Reformation thought on civil government. Some sample headings extracted from its pages include: "Of the qualifications required in the Judge or Ruler;" "Of the promised blessing that is to attend the latter days in a righteous rule and ruler;" "Of the judgement and curse attending no rule, or an evil ruler;" "Of the people's duty under wicked rulers, both towards God and them." 28 pages.
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ASSOCIATE PRESBYTERIAN MAGAZINE
The Ancient and Modern Mode of Singing the Psalms
(Sept., 1863)

Historically demonstrates how the Old Testament saints, the early New Testament Christians and almost all Presbyterians (after adopting the Westminster Standards) sang the Psalms by "lining them out" (e.g. see the Westminster Directory for Public Worship). Musical instruments, a Papal innovation, were also unheard of among faithful Reformers and "denominated the ensigns of Baal." Basically a blast against "all the refined idolatries of the churches" of the author's time. It also lays out the numerous advantages of lining out the Psalms -- especially for including younger(pre-reading age) children in the praises of God.

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ASSOCIATE PRESBYTERY OF MIAMI

Amusements and Levity: A Pastoral Letter
Remembering that the word "amuse" literally means "no-think," this is a very useful resource for our day -- when even ministers are found to publicly violate Ephesians 5:4. The authors, however, are careful to distinguish between cheerfulness and levity. They note, "We mean a spirit of levity, as engendered or fostered by indulgence in frivolous amusements. We wish not to be understood as setting ourselves against every species of youthful amusement. We do not look for the gravity of old age in the morning of life, not do we think that the religion of the Bible requires it. Christianity, rightly understood, has nothing to do with a demure preciseness of manner, or an affection of singularity, which God does not require. Cheerfulness, especially in youth, is perfectly compatible with spirit of the Bible; and as far as amusements are rational in their character, moral in their nature and tendency, rightly timed and enjoyed in moderation, we have nothing to object. But cheerfulness and levity belong to different families, and whenever the former is suffered to degenerate into the latter, the consequences must be evil" (pp. 2-3).
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ASSOCIATE SYNOD OF SCOTLAND

A Solemn Warning... Wherein the Great Sin, Danger, and Duty of the Present Generation in these Lands, Are Pointed Out and Declared (1758)
A stinging rebuke against personal, ecclesiastical and national sins; with the intent to turn the readers of this title from these sins and thus avoid God's wrath: for "the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation" (Jer. 10:10). 64 pages
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Occasional Hearing and Church Discipline (1841)
Explains what occasional hearing is, how it is divisive, and demonstrates why those who practice this sin should be disciplined by the church. 21 pages.
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AUGUSTINE

The City of God (2 volumes, 1872 edition)
A new translation by Marcus Dods. In the preface Dods calls this "among the few greatest books of all time." He also notes that "it effectually introduces us to the most influential of theologians, and the greatest popular teacher; to a genius that cannot nod for many lines together; to a reasoner whose dialect is more formidable, more keen and sifting, than that of Socrates or Aquinas; to a saint whose ardent and genuine devotional feeling bursts up through the severest argumentation; to a man whose kindliness and wit, universal sympathies and breadth of intelligence, lend piquancy and vitality to the most abstract dissertation."

Rome having been stormed and sacked by the Goths under Alaric their king, the worshipers of false gods, or pagans, as we commonly call them, made an attempt to attribute this calamity to the Christian religion, and began to blaspheme the true God with even more than their wonted bitterness and acerbity. It was this which kindled my zeal for the house of God, and prompted me to undertake the defense of the city of God against the charges and misrepresentations of its assailants. This work was in my hands for several years, owing to the interruptions occasioned by many other affairs which had a prior claim on my attention, and which I could not defer.

However, this great undertaking was at last completed in twenty-two books. Of these, the first five refute those who fancy that the polytheistic worship is necessary in order to secure worldly prosperity, and that all these overwhelming calamities have befallen us in consequence of its prohibition. In the following five books I address myself to those who admit that such calamities have at all times attended, and will at all times attend, the human race, and that they constantly recur in forms more or less disastrous, varying only in the scenes, occasions, and persons on whom they light, but, while admitting this, maintain that the worship of the gods is advantageous for the life to come. In these ten books, then, I refute these two opinions, which are as groundless as they are antagonistic to the Christian religion.

But that no one might have occasion to say, that though I had refuted the tenets of other men, I had omitted to establish my own, I devote to this object the second part of this work, which comprises twelve books, although I have not scrupled, as occasion offered, either to advance my own opinions in the first ten books, or to demolish the arguments of my opponents in the last twelve. Of these twelve books, the first four contain an account of the origin of these two cities -- the city of God, and the city of the world. The second four treat of their history or progress; the third and last four, of their deserved destinies. And so, though all these twenty-two books refer to both cities, yet I have named them after the better city, and called them The City of God.

- Summary by the author in his Retractationes (Retractions) (Excerpt from book ii. 43, as translated by Marcus Dods).

1153 pages, with a massive index of Scripture texts and subjects.
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AUGUSTINE, AURELIUS
Lectures on the Gospel of John
(1873 edition, 2 volumes)

One of the greatest church fathers, Darling writes that Augustine's works "discover a vast extent of genius, great accuracy and penetration, accompanied with much force and energy" (Cylopaedia Bibliographica, p. 134). This set on John covers a vast number of topics including comments on the sweetness of knowing Christ, Satan's judgement, the Father seen in Christ, sanctification in the truth, the joy of the Lord, Christ before Pilate, the Arian and Sabellian heresies, the cross of Christ, how men become sons of God, the sin of rebaptizing, standards for ministers, Christ clearing the temple, the Bride of Christ, Judas, Christ's equality with God the Father, the last judgment, the Christian's use of his mind, Christ rebuking unbelief, the Donatists, how Jesus baptized, faith, the will, service, the law, abiding in the Father's love, and much more. 1038 pages.

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AUGUSTINE

On the Creed: A Sermon to the Catechumens
Augustine on the so-called "Apostle's Creed." Large print edition.
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AUGUSTINE

On the Profit of Believing (c. 391)
This is one of the first books Augustine wrote as a Presbyter. Augustine wrote it to one of his friends who had been deceived by the Manichees. It is believed that his friend was granted repentance from this error; partially due, no doubt (from the perspective of human means), to this work.
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AUGUSTINE
On the Trinity (c. 391)

Revised and annotated, with an introductory essay by W.G.T. Shedd. Shedd states that "this particular treatise is perhaps as pregnant and suggestive as any that Augustine, or any other theologian, ever composed. The doctrine of the Trinity is the most immense of all the doctrines of religion. It is foundational theology. Christianity, in the last analysis, is Trinitarian... The Trinity is the constitutive idea of the evangelical theology, and the formative idea of the evangelical experience... Mysterious as it is, the Trinity of Divine Revelation is the doctrine that holds in it all the hope of man; for it holds within it the infinite pity of the Incarnation and the infinite mercy of the Redemption." 228 pages.

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AUGUSTINE

A Treatise on Faith and the Creed (c. 393)
This "work constitutes an exposition of the several clauses of the so-called Apostles' Creed. The questions concerning the mutual relations of the three Persons in the Godhead are handled with greatest fullness; in connection with which, especially in the use made of the analogies of Being, Knowledge, and Love, and in the cautions thrown in against certain applications of these and other illustrations taken from things of human experience, we come across sentiments which are also repeated in the City of God, the books on the Trinity, and others of his doctrinal writings" (Introductory Note).
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AUGUSTINE

A Treatise on the Gift of Perseverance (c. 428)
One of Augustine's anti-Pelagian works, this is the second book of his treatise, "On the Predestination of the Saints." Perseverance, as a gift of God, is an integral part of the doctrine and practice of the Augustinian system of soteriology; it also underlies a proper understanding of assurance and leads to a powerful Christian testimony.
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AUGUSTINE

A Treatise on Grace and Free Will (c. 426)
In this work we see laid some of the major foundations of the Reformation of the sixteenth century. Comments from this and similar productions of Augustine's pen appear often in the writings of John Calvin; and many other Reformers are known to have tasted of the teaching of God's sovereign grace in the works of Augustine (as can be seen in their numerous quotations from his writings in their books, letters and tracts). This is one of Augustine's anti-Pelagian works and includes an extract from Augustine's "Retractions" regarding "De Gratia et Libero Arbitrio."
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AUGUSTINE
A Treatise on the Predestination of the Saints
(c. 428)

Augustine was the great forerunner to the Reformation and it was on books like this that Luther, Calvin, and the other magisterial Reformers cut their teeth. "This treatise is the first portion of a work, of which the following, On the Gift of Perseverance, is the second... (these titles) were called out by two long letters, one from Prosper and the other from Hilary, acquainting Augustine with the Semi-Pelagian outbreak in Southern Gaul, and earnestly beseeching his aid in meeting it" (Editor's note). The corrupted demon seed of Pelagianism and Semi-Pelagianism (later being refined into Arminianism), being just newly planted by the wicked one in Augustine's day, has grown into a massive tree in our day. Its poison fruit now feeds most of the branches of ecclesiastical antichrist: from Rome, to the liberal Protestant churches and the cults, and now even reaching all the way into the very heart of so-called "evangelical" Protestant chruches (of all varieties). This soul destroying heresy has reached pandemic proportions among professing "Christians" in our day. Ironically, this work of Augustine is probably more needed in our day than it was in his -- over a millennium and a half later. A section of the subtitle provides an interesting overview of this treatise: "Wherein the truth of predestination and grace is defended against the Semi-Pelagians, -- those people, to wit, who by no means withdraw altogether from the Pelagian heresy, in that they contend that the beginning of salvation and of faith is of ourselves; so that in virtue, as it were, of this precedent merit (in man--RB), the other good gifts of God are attained." The editor notes, "Augustine shows that not only the increase, but the very beginning also of faith, is God's gift. On this matter he does not disavow that he once thought differently, and that in some small works, written before his Episcopate, he was in error, as in that exposition, which they object to him, of propositions from the epistle to the Romans. But he points out that he was subsequently convinced chiefly by this testimony, 'But what hast thou that thou hast not received?' Which he proves is to be taken as a testimony concerning faith itself..."

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AUGUSTINE

A Treatise on Rebuke and Grace (c. 426)
Another of Augustine's anti-Pelagian works. Includes an extract from his "Retractions" on "De Correptione et Gratia." Here Augustine sets forth "what is the Catholic faith concerning law, concerning free will, and concerning grace." He also shows the necessity of "medicinal rebuke" in the Scriptural order of a universe in which God has foreordained whatsoever comes to pass.
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AUGUSTINE, AURELIUS

The Works of Aurelius Augustine, Bishop of Hippo. Volume IX On Christian Doctrine; The Enchiridion; On Catechising; And On Faith and the Creed. A New Translation. Edited by the Rev. Marcus Dods, D.D. 1873.

Augustine was perhaps the greatest of the early church fathers. According to Henry Paolucci, "It has been said that St. Augustine is, from the standpoint of doctrine and depth of spiritual experience, the great ecumenical saint of Christianity." Luther and Calvin both relied on Augustine for doctrinal support.

This volume contains four of Augustine's pieces:

On Christian Doctrine.

Book 1: "The author divides his work into two parts, one relating to the discovery, the other to the expression, of the true sense of Scripture" (p. 7). 

Book 2: "Having completed his exposition of things, the author now proceeds to discuss the subject of signs" (p. 34).

Book 3: "The author, having discussed in the preceding book the method of dealing with unknown signs, goes on in this third book to treat of ambiguous signs" (p. 80).

Book 4: "Passing to the second part of his work, that which treats of expression, the author premises that it is no part of his intention to write a treatise on the laws of rhetoric" (p. 120).

The Enchiridion of Augustine, Addressed to Laurentius; Being a Treatise on Faith, Hope, and Love.

"Laurentius having asked Augustine to furnish him with a handbook of Christian doctrine, containing in brief compass answers to several questions which he had proposed, Augustine shows him that these questions can be fully answered by any one who knows the proper objects of faith, hope, and love" (p. 175).

Treatise on the Catechising of the Uninstructed.

"At the request of a deacon of Carthage, Augustine undertakes the task of teaching the art of catechising" (p. 263).

Treatise On Faith and the Creed.

This item "constitutes an exposition of the several clauses of the so-called Apostles' Creed" (p. 339).

Includes a subject index and a Scripture index. 379 pages.

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