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Friday August 28th 2015

‘Founding Era Sermons’

Jonathan Swift—Essay upon the Art of Political Lying

Jonathan Swift—Essay upon the Art of Political Lying

Commentary In 1710, Jonathan Swift writes an essay for The Examiner. Besides, as the vilest writer has his readers, so the greatest liar has his believers; and it often happens, that if a lie be believed only for an hour, it has done its work, and there is no farther occasion for it. Falsehood flies, and Truth comes limping after it; [...]

Joseph Sewall: Nineveh’s Repentance and Deliverance

Joseph Sewall: Nineveh’s Repentance and Deliverance

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS A SERMON Preach'd before His EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOUR The HONOURABLE COUNCIL AND Representatives of the Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England, on a Day of FASTING and PRAYER in the Council Chamber, Dec. 3. 1740. By Joseph Sewall, D.D. Pastor of a Church of CHRIST in Boston. Jer. [...]

Abraham Williams: An Election Sermon

Abraham Williams: An Election Sermon

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS, ABRAHAM WILLIAMS Boston 1762 Independent and audacious enough while a student at Harvard to be known in some ministerial groups as “the Grand Heretick Williams,” Abraham chose to pursue a course of caution and reasonableness after his selection for a Congregationalist pulpit in Sandwich, [...]

Jonathan Dickinson on God and Atheism

Jonathan Dickinson on God and Atheism

Jonathan Dickinson (1688–1747). CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS BOSTON, 1741 Born in Hatfield, Massachusetts on April 22, 1688, Jonathan Dickinson studied theology at the Collegiate School of Connecticut (which later was later renamed Yale College), graduating in 1706. In 1709 Dickinson was ordained minister of the first [...]

Moses Mather On Free Agency

Moses Mather On Free Agency

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS, MOSES MATHER 1775 Free agency, or a rational existence, with its powers and faculties, and freedom of enjoying and exercising them, is the gift of God to man. The right of the donor, and the authenticity of the donation, are both incontestable; hence man hath an absolute property in, and right of [...]

Jacob Cushing: The Workings of Divine Providence

Jacob Cushing: The Workings of Divine Providence

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS APRIL 1778 ... That there is a God, “is the prime foundation of all religion.” We should therefore employ our utmost diligence to establish our minds in the stedfast belief of it. For when once we have firmly settled in our minds the belief of God’s being, it will mightily influence all our powers [...]

Thomas Jefferson Testimonial for Reverend Charles Clay

Thomas Jefferson Testimonial for Reverend Charles Clay

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA, THOMAS JEFFERSON 15 August 1779 The reverend Charles Clay has been many years rector of this parish, and has been particularly known to me. During the whole course of that time his deportment has been exemplary as became a divine, and his attention to parochial duties unexceptionable. In the earliest [...]

Calamities, Trials, Justice Meant for Good – John Witherspoon

Calamities, Trials, Justice Meant for Good – John Witherspoon

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS: JOHN WITHERSPOON 1776 The wrath of man praiseth God, as it is the instrument in his hand for bringing sinners to repentance, and for the correction and improvement of his own children. Whatever be the nature of the affliction with which he visits either persons, families, or nations; whatever be [...]

Isaac Backus: Five Reasons Religious Taxes Are Wrong

Isaac Backus: Five Reasons Religious Taxes Are Wrong

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, ISAAC BACKUS 1773 In civil states the power of the whole collective body is vested in a few hands, that they may with better advantage defend themselves against injuries from abroad, and correct abuses at home, for which end a few have a right to judge for the whole society; but in religion each one has an equal right to [...]

The American Vine: A Sermon—Jacob Duché

The American Vine: A Sermon—Jacob Duché

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS July 20, 1775 Preached in Christ-Church, Philadelphia, before the Honourable Continental Congress, July 20, 1775. Being the Day Recommended by Them for a General Fast throughout the United English Colonies of America. THE AMERICAN VINE: A SERMON Psalm 80, Verse 14 Return, We Beseech Thee, [...]

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