Two letters to a friend. The first Concerning the End and Design of Prayer, &c...The second The Doctrine of Predestination Review'd, &c...
London. Printed for Richard Ford, 1737. Second edition, corrected and enlarged.
8vo. , 90pp, . With a final leaf of publisher's advertisements. Disbound. Stab-stich holes to gutter, short closed tear to head of title page, else a clean and crisp copy.
A revised and extended edition of the first published work (initially titled A Defence of the reasonableness of Prayer) of Presbyterian minister and theologian George Benson (1699-1762); an inquiry into 'the end and design of prayer: or the reasonableness of praying to an unchangeably wise, powerful, and good God', written in response to 'objections raised of the late Earl of Rochester Mr Blount and other modern Deists'. Benson demonstrates that prayer is a natural expression of our sense of the providence of God and concern for moral improvement, and is thus a rational exercise for the mind that remains beneficial to the individual even if the expectation of procuring a favour from the Lord is not met. The second letter concerns the language of the scriptures regarding the doctrine of predestination.
ESTC T13546.£ 75.00 Antiquates Ref: 21343