The Reasonableness of the Christian Religion by Jonathan Dickinson (1688–1747)
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Jonathan Dickinson (1688–1747), was an American Presbyterian minister of the Gospel, and founder and first president of the College of New Jersey.
Dickinson’s work before you is one of fundamentals. He has chosen four areas of the fundamentals of the faith (basic Christian theology) to bring to you its reasonableness. It is both a Scriptural and rational endeavor to understand the basics of the Christian faith and jettison you into the larger branches of basic Christian truth.
He makes Christians think, and while thinking, shows them the nature of fundamental Christianity, i.e. that it is reasonable (because God is reasonable) and it directly distills truth about the perfections and character of the most high God (which is the very reason Jesus came, John 1:18, to declare the Father). Not only does it encapsulate the fundamentals of the faith, but it is rational. The Christian Gospel is rational and can be shown to be rational. Because God is rational.
Dickinson, in this cause of showing forth the rational and reasonable aspects of the fundamentals of the faith will cover, in four sermons, the being and attributes of God, the rational evidence of man’s fall in the garden, the mediation of the man Christ Jesus, the evidence of Christ’s work and merit from Old Testament prophecy, and the New Testament argument from miracles performed by Jesus Christ. Or, as Foxcroft says in the introductory chapter, Dickinson links together, “a numerous train of arguments drawn together in a comprehensive manner that deserve very attentive consideration.” With such attentive consideration, by the end of the work, you will come away with the fundamentals of the faith, and the reasonableness of the Christian religion.
This work is not a scan or facsimile, and has been updated in modern English for easy reading. It also has an active table of contents for electronic versions.
Table of Contents
Fundamentals to Faith by C. Matthew McMahon
Meet Jonathan Dickinson Edited by C. Matthew McMahon
To the Christian Reader
A Demonstration of the Being and Attributes of God
A Demonstration of the Apostate State of Man by Nature, and of the Glorious Provision Made for His Recovery by Jesus Christ
A Demonstration of the Christian Religion from the Prophesies of the Old Testament