LECTURES ON THE
MORAL GOVERNMENT OF GOD.
NATHANIEL W. TAYLOR, D. D.,
LATE DWIGHT PROFESSOR OF DIDACTIC THEOLOGY
IN YALE COLLEGE.
"OF LAW THERE CAN BE NO LESS ACKNOWLEDGED THAN THAT HER SEAT IS THE BOSOM OF GOD--HER VOICE THE HARMONY OF THE WORLD"
TABLE OF CONTENTS
WHAT IS A PERFECT MORAL GOVERNMENT? OR, MORAL GOVERNMENT IN THE ABSTRACT
LECTURE I A perfect Moral Government defined.
LECTURE II A perfect Moral Government Involves the exercise of authority through the medium of law.
LECTURE III The law of a perfect moral government requires benevolence as the sum of obedience, and forbids selfishness as the sum of disobedience on the part of its subjects.
LECTURE IV It must express the Lawgiver's preference of the action required, to Its opposite, all things considered.
LECTURE V The law of a perfect Moral Government involves sanctions.
LECTURE VI The law of a perfect Moral Government involves sanctions, (continued.)
LECTURE VII The necessity of legal sanctions shown.
LECTURE VIII That the legal sanctions of a perfect moral government include the highest degree of natural good possible in each case of obedience, and the highest degree of natural evil possible in each case of disobedience.
THE MORAL GOVERNMENT OF GOD AS KNOWN BY THE LIGHT OF NATURE.
LECTURE I God administers a Moral Government In some sense.
LECTURE II God enforces conformity to his law by authority.
LECTURE III God's administration is equitable.
LECTURE IV The possibility of a future state precludes all objections against the Divine equity.
LECTURE V God administers his moral government under a gracious economy.
LECTURE VI We must suppose God to administer his government in the way of exact retribution, or through an atonement.
LECTURE VII God governs with rightful authority.
LECTURE VIII The benevolence of God may be proved.
LECTURE IX Objection from the existence of moral evil.
LECTURE X The present system not only may be, but is the best possible to the Creator.
LECTURE XI Nature of Divine Revelation.
LECTURE XII Revelation necessary to secure the practical influence of the truth.
LECTURE XIII Question to be decided by human reason. -- Limits of reason. -- Perversion of reason
LECTURE XIV The Importance of revelation renders it probable, if not certain, that God would give a revelation.
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THE MORAL GOVERNMENT OF GOD AS REVEALED IN THE SCRIPTURES.
LECTURE I: THE FACT AND THE PROOF.
LECTURE II: PRELIMINARY.
LECTURE III THE MOSAIC LAW A THEOCRACY.
LECTURE IV The Mosaic law shown to exhibit, by representation, God's moral government.
LECTURE V The Mosaic law shown to be a theocracy from the prevalence In early ages of representative language and symbolic actions.
LECTURE VI The views of Paul in respect to this system.
LECTURE VII Three theories in support of it: The Augustinian, the Arminian, the Edwardian.
LECTURE VIII Theologians too often confine it to a legal system. -- Consequent errors.
LECTURE IX The law, in requiring obedience, prohibits disobedience, and vice versa.
LECTURE X The law in the sum of Its requirements.
LECTURE XI The law in the import of its sanctions.
LECTURE XII The penalty of the law.
LECTURE XIII The law expresses God's preference of obedience to disobedience, all things considered.
ESSAY ON JUSTICE AS THE ATTRIBUTE OF A PERFECT MORAL GOVERNOR.
PART I.-CONCEPTION OF JUSTICE ANALYZED AND EXPLAINED.
PART II.-DIFFERENT SPECIES OF JUSTICE WITH APPLICATION TO THEOLOGICAL ERRORS.
ESSAY ON THE PROVIDENTIAL GOVERNMENT OF GOD.
PART I.-RELATION OF PROVIDENTIAL TO MORAL GOVERNMENT.
PART II.-THE PROVIDENTIAL PURPOSES OF GOD.
PART III.-THE DIFFERENT KINDS OR SPECIES OF PROVIDENCE.
ESSAY ON THE QUESTION--IN WHAT DIFFERENT RESPECTS MAY GOD BE SUPPOSED TO PURPOSE DIFFERENT AND EVEN OPPOSITE EVENTS?
PART I.--QUESTION EXPLAINED AND DISCUSSED.
PART II.--OBJECTIONS CONSIDERED.
PART III.--ADDITIONAL OBJECTIONS.
ARE ANY OF THE PUNISHMENTS OF CIVIL LAW LEGAL SANCTIONS, EXCEPT THE PUNISHMENT OF DEATH? (VIDE LECTURE VII., SECT. I., VOL. I.)
THOUGHTS ON THE EVIDENCE FOR DIVINE REVELATION, AND ESPECIALLY THE ARGUMENT FROM MIRACLES.
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