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Phillip Doddridge


The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul

DR. DODDRIDGE was born in London, June 26, 1709. He was of a consumptive habit from infancy, was brought up in the early knowledge of religion, and was left an orphan before he arrived at the age of 14. At 16 be made a profession of religion; at 20 commenced preaching the Gospel; and at 21 was settled over a small congregation, in an obscure village, where be devoted himself to the acquisition of useful knowledge with indefatigable zeal. At 27 he was removed to the pastoral care of the church in Northampton, where, for 22 years, amidst other diversified labors, he acted as an instructor of youth preparing for the ministry, having had under his charge, during that period, upwards of 200 young men. At the age of 37 and 38 he published two volumes of his Family Expositor; and about the age of 43 wrote "The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul." At 46 he published the third volume of the Family Expositor, and two Dissertations.--1. On Sir Isaac Newton's System of the Harmony. 2. On the Inspiration of the New Testament. In December, 1750, in the 49th year of his age, he went to St. Albans and preached the funeral sermon of his early patron and benefactor, Dr. Clark, in which journey he contracted a cold that laid the foundation for his death. In July, 1751, he addressed his flock for the last time from the pulpit; and having found all medical aid ineffectual, embarked, in October, for Lisbon, as the last resort in so threatening a disorder, at which place he died on the 26th of October, aged 49 years.

He was not handsome in person; was very thin and slender, in stature somewhat above the middle size, with a stoop in his shoulders; but when engaged in conversation, or employed in the pulpit, there was a remarkable sprightliness in his countenance and manner, which commanded general attention.

Table of Contents

1. The Introduction To The Work

2. The Careless Sinner Awakened

3. The Awakened Sinner Urged To Immediate Consideration

4. The Sinner Arraigned And Convicted

5. The Sinner Stripped Of His Vain Pleas

6. The Sinner Sentenced

7. The Helpless State Of The Sinner Under Condemnation

8. News Of Salvation By Christ Brought To The Convinced

9. The Way By Which This Salvation Is To Be Obtained

10. The Sinner Seriously Urged To Accept Of Salvation

11. To Those Who Will Not Be Persuaded...

12. The Soul Overwhelmed by the Sense of the Greatness of Sin

13. The Doubting Soul

14. The Several Branches of the Christian Temper

15. How Much He Needs The Assistance Of The Spirit Of God

16. The Christian Convert Warned Of Discouragements

17. The Christian Urged To An Express Act Of Self-Dedication

18. On Communion In The Lords Supper

19. Continual Communion With God

20. Spending Our Days As Is Represented In The Former Chapter

21. A Caution Against Various Temptations

22. The Case Of Spiritual Decay And Languor In Religion

23. The Sad Case Of A Relapse Into Known And Deliberate Sin

24. The Case Of The Christian Under The Hiding Of God's Face

25. The Christian Struggling Under Great And Heavy Affliction

26. The Christian Assisted In Examining Into His Growth In Grace

27. The Advanced Christian Reminded Of The Mercies Of God

28. The Established Christian Urged To Exert Himself

29. The Christian Rejoicing In The Views Of Death And Judgment

30. The Christian Honoring God by his Dying Behavior


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