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CHAPTER I.-Birthplace-Genealogy-The School-room and Play-ground-University of St. Andrews -Intellectual Birth-time-Character of Dr. James Brown-Enters the Divinity-Hall-Twelvemonth of Mental Elysium-College Compositions-The Theological Society-Tutorship-License. CHAPTER IL-Family History-Arrival at Liverpool-First Sermon, preached at Wigan-Winter in Edinburgh-The Clerical Review-Dr. Brown's Speech-Second Session at Edinburgh-Professors Hope, Stewart, and Robison-State of Philosophical Scepticism-Mental History-The Door of Escape-A Month in Teviotdale-Assistantship at Cavers-Mathematical Lectureship at St. Andrews-Extracts from Lectures-His Father's Proposal rejected. CHAPTER III-Ordination at Kilmany-The Church at Fern-Mathematical Lectures resumedCommotion at St. Andrews-A Winter of Conflict-Journal-Commencement of Chemical Lectures-Antiquity of the Globe--Defence before the Presbytery-Attachment of his Students. CHAPTER IV.-Chemical Lectures resumed at St. Andrews-Presbyterial Interference-Candidate for the Natural Philosophy Chair at St. Andrews, and for the Mathematical Chair at Edinburgh— First Pamphlet -Chemical Lectures at Kilmany and Cupar-Double Commission in the Volunteers Incident at Kirkaldy-His Father's Character-His Brother George's Death. CHAPTER V. Journal of First Visit to London-Liverpool-Woodstock-Oxford-Wilkie's Picture --Speech of Sheridan-Windsor, and the Royal Family-Cambridge--York.
CHAPTER VI.-Publication of an Inquiry into the Extent and Stability of National Resources— Pamphlet by Mr. Spence-Best Mode of Levying an Income-Tax-Limited Enlistment-Specimen of his powers as a Military Engineer-Proposed Visit to London-Change of Purpose-His Sister's Death. CHAPTER VII.-Winter at Woodsmuir-First Speech in the General Assembly-Becomes a Contributor to the Edinburgh Encyclopædia-Effect of Butler's Analogy-Early Religious Opinions -Evangelism condemned-Long and severe Illness-Its Effects.
CHAPTER VIII-The Sick-Chamber-The Transition-Period-The Effort after Moral and Spiritual Perfection Commencement of Journal--The Failure-The Reading of Wilberforce's Practical View-His own Account of the great Change.
CHAPTER IX.-Gas-Tubes-Garden-Beds-Hospitality of the Manse-Supremacy of the Imagination over the Senses-Preparations for the Article "Christianity"-Correspondence with Dr. Andrew Thomson-Contributions to the Edinburgh Christian Instructor-Journal of 1811. CHAPTER X.-Correspondence with Mr. James Anderson.
CHAPTER XI.-Readings of the Bible-The Bible Society-His Sister's Marriage-His own Marriage -Journal of 1812.
CHAPTER XII. The Edinburgh Review on Missions in India-The Serampore Missionaries-Dr. Carey-Sermon at Dundee-Visit of Andrew Fuller-The Trial of Extempore Preaching-Journal of 1813.
CHAPTER XIII.-Family Correspondence.
CHAPTER XIV.-Publication of “The Evidences and Authority of the Christian Revelation"-Progress of Opinion as to the Internal Evidences of Christianity-Origin of his Views on Pauperism-Pamphlet on "The Influence of Bible Societies on the Temporal Necessities of the Poor" -Review of Cuvier's Theory of the Earth-The Indefinite Antiquity of the Globe reconcilable with the Mosaic Narrative-Contribution to the Eclectic Review on the Moravians as Missionaries.
CHAPTER XV.-Appearances in Church Courts-Presbytery of Cupar-Alterations and Repairs upon
The Second Volume will be Issued with as little delay as possible, and the work is expected to be completed in three volumes.
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BY SUTHERLAND & KNOX, GEORGE STREET, EDINBURGH.
THE METHOD OF THE DIVINE GOVERNMENT,
PHYSICAL AND MORAL.
BY THE REV. JAMES M'COSH, A.M., BRECHIN.
GENERAL VIEW OF THE DIVINE GOVERNMENT.
SECT. 1. Sources of our idea of God.-2. Object of the Treatise, Investigation of the providence of God and the moral qualities of man.
CHAP. II. THE GOVERNMENT OF GOD IN ITS GENERAL ASPECT; PHENOMENA COMMONLY OVERLOOKED.
1. Instructive views thereby prevented.-2. Extensive suffering, bodily and mental.-3. The restraints and penalties of Divine Providence.-4. Alienation of God from man.-5. Alienation of man from God. (The religious history of mankind.)-6. Schism in the human soul.
CHAP. III. THE ACTUAL WORLD, AND THE VIEW WHICH IT GIVES
OF ITS GOVERNOR.
1. Review of the five phenomena before specified.-2. Other general phenomena throwing light on the condition of the world.
THE METHOD OF THE DIVINE GOVERNMENT IN THE PHYSICAL WORLD.
CHAP. I.-GENERAL LAWS.
SECT. 1. Properties of matter; different things denoted by the phrase "laws of nature." (Relation between cause and effect; review of Brown.)-2. Adjustment of material substances with these properties to each other.-3. Special adjustments required in order to produce general laws or results. (Laws of phenomena, causes of phenomena, conditions of the operation of causes, review of Whewell.)-4. Wisdom displayed in the prevalence of general laws and observable order; correspondence of external nature to the constitution of man.-5. Connexion of God with his works. -6. Infinite power and wisdom required to govern a world so constituted.-7. Unity of the mundane system.
CHAP. II.-THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD.
1. Isolated and fortuitous events resulting from the adjustment of material substances to each other. (Complexity of nature, review of M. Aug. Comte.)-2. Powerful and varied means furnished by these fortuities for the accomplishment of each of the Divine purposes. (Fallacies of Combe's Constitution of Man.)-3. A General and Particular Providence.-4. Method of interpreting the Divine Providence.5. Atheism, Pantheism, Superstition, True Faith; their practical influence.-6. Method of answering prayer and furthering spiritual ends.
CHAP. III.-RELATION OF THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD TO THE
CHARACTER OF MAN.
1. General view of the relation of the physical to the moral providence of God. -2. Control of God over man by means of physical arrangements.-3. Aids to virtue and restraints upon vice.-4. State of society when these are withdrawn.— 5. Adaptation of this world to man considered as a fallen being.-6. Explanation of the mysteries of Divine Providence furnished by the sinfulness of man's character.
METHOD OF THE DIVINE GOVERNMENT IN THE MORAL WORLD. CHAP. I.-MAN'S ORIGINAL AND INDESTRUCTIBLE MORAL NATURE. SECT. 1. The will or optative faculty.-2. Man's responsibility and freedom compatible with the causal connexion of God with his works.-3. Distinctions to be attended to in ethical inquiry-4. Nature of Conscience, or the faculty or feeling which indicates the distinction between right and wrong.-5. Virtuous action, its nature and seat in the will.-6. Practical rule for determining what is good and evil.-7. Tendency of virtuous action.-8. General view of man's original moral constitution as illustrative of the character of God.
CHAP. II. ACTUAL MORAL STATE OF MAN.
1. Some peculiar laws of the working of conscience.-2. Influence of a depraved will on the moral judgments.-3. Judgment pronounced by the conscience on the character of man.-4. Farther inquiry into the virtuousness, and particularly the godliness of man's character.-5. Theory of the production of the existing moral state of man.-6. State of the conscience in the depraved nature.-7. Restraints laid upon man by the conscience; their extent and character.-8. The evil effects produced by a condemning conscience.-9. General review of man's existing moral nature.
CHAP. III.-OTHER GOVERNING PRINCIPLES OF THE HUMAN MIND.
1. Those neither virtuous nor vicious-the appetites and instinctive desires.2. The Affections.-3. Governing principles that are evil.-4. Influence exercised by them in swaying the conscience. (Human virtues, so called, and vices running into each other.)—5. Summary of the argument from the combined view of the physical and the moral.
RESULTS-RECONCILIATION OF GOD AND MAN.
CHAP. I.-NATURAL AND REVEALED RELIGION; THE CHARACTER OF GOD.
SECT. 1. Advantage of harmonizing nature and revelation.-2. Prevailing defective views of the Divine character.-3. Character of God as revealed in Scripture.
CHAP. II.-RESTORATION OF MAN.
1. Symptoms of intended renovation.-2. What is needful in order to the restoration of man (1.) in relation to the character of God.-3. (2.) In relation to the character of man; the need of an interposition in the human heart and character.— 4. Means of applying the aid.-5. Fallacies of the German Intuitional Theology.6. The World to come.
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