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THE

REASON OF FAITH;

OR, AN
ANSWER UNTO THAT ENQUIRY,
WHEREFORE WE BELIEVE THE SCRIPTURE TO BE THE

. WORD OF GOD?

WITH

The Causes and Nature of that Faith wherewith we do so.

WHEREIN
The Grounds whereon the Holy Scripture is Believed to be the Word of
God with Faith Divine and Supernatural, are Declared and Vindicated.

TOGETHER WITH THE

CAUSES, WAYS AND MEANS,

.. OF
UNDERSTANDING THE MIND OF GOD
AS REVEALED IN H16 WORD, 'WITH ASSURANCE THEREIN:

AND,,
A DECLARATION

OF THE
PERSPICUITY OF THE SCRIPTURES,
WITH THE EXTERNAL MEANS OF THE INTERPRETATION

OF THEM.

BY JOHN OWEN, D. D.

Our belief of the Scriptures to be the Word of God, or a Divine Reve-
lation, and our understanding of the mind and will of God as revealed in
them, are the two springs of all our interest in Christian religion.' From
them are all those streams of light and truth derived, whereby our souls are
watered, refreshed, and made fruitful unto God.- Page 107.

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ANSWER UNTO THAT ENQUIRY, WHEREFORE WE BELIEVE THE SCRIPTURE

TO BE THE WORD OF GOD?

WITH

THE CAUSES AND NATURE OF THAT FAITH WHERE

WITH WE DO SO.

WHEREIN

The Grounds whereon the Holy Scripture is believed to be the Word of God with Faith Divine and Supernatural, are Declared and Vindicated.

BY JOHN OWEN, D. D.

If they hear not Mofes, and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded

though one rose from the dead.-Luke xvi. 51.

' GLASGOW:
PRINTED BY W. FALCONER,
FOR STEPHEN YOUNG, PAISLEY.

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PREFACE,

HAVING added a brief account of the design, order,

- and method of the ensuing discourse in an appendix at the close of it ; I shall not here detain the reader with the proposal of them. Yet some few things remain, which I judge it necessary to mind him of. Be he who he will, I am sure we shall not differ about the weight of the argument in hand; for whether it be the truth we contend for, or otherwise, yet it will not be denied, but that the determination of it, and the settling of the minds of men about it, are of the highest concernment unto them. But whereas so much hath been written of late by others on this subject, any further debate of it may seem either needless or unseasonable. Something therefore may be spoken to evidence that the reader is not imposed on by that, which may absolutely fall under either of those characters. Had the end in and by these discourses been effectually accomplished, it had been altogether useless to renew an endeavour unto the same purpose. But whereas an opposition unto the Scripture, and the grounds whereon we believe it to be a divine revelation, is still openly continued amongst us; a continuation of the defence of the one and the other cannot reasonably be judged either needless or unfeasonable. Besides, most of the discourses published of late on this subject have had their peculiar designs, wherein that here tendered is not expressly engaged. For some of them do principally aim to prove, that we have sufficient grounds

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