THE LIFE OF MR. JOHN HOWE.
THE LIVING TEMPLE; or a designed Improve-
ment of that Notion, That a Good Man is the Tem-
ple of God.
PART I. Concerning God's Existence, and his Con-
versableness with Man. Against Atheism, or
the Epicurean Deism.
CHAP. I. This notion common. Authorities need-
less. Insignificant with the atheistical, who
have made it more necessary to defend religion,
and a temple in general, than this, or that.
Better defended against them by practice and
use, thar. argument, whereof they are incapable.
Often disputes of its principles not necessary to
the practice of religion. Some consideration of
those supposed in the general notion of a temple,
pertinent (however) to this discourse. .
CHAP. II. I. The two more principal grounds
which a temple supposes. FIRST, The existence
of God. SECONDLY, His conversableness with
men: both argued from common consent. Doubt-
ful if the first were ever wholly denied in former
days. The second also implied, First, In the
known general practice of some or other religion.
Evidenced, Secondly, In that some, no strangers
to the world, have thought it the difference of
man. II. The immodesty and rashness of the
persons from whom any opposition can be ex-
pected. III. These two grounds, namely, the
existence of God, and his conversableness with
men, proposed to be more strictly considered
apart. And, FIRST, The existence of God,
where the notion of God is assigned. The parts
whereof are proposed to be evinced severally of
some existent being. First, Eternity. Secondly,
Self-origination. Thirdly, Independency. Fourth-
ly, Necessity of existence. Fifthly, Self-activity.
(The impossibility that this world should be
this necessary self-active being. The incon-
sistency of necessary alterable matter, more
largely deduced in a marginal digression.)
Sixthly, Life. Seventhly, Vast and mighty power.
CHAP. III. Wisdom asserted to belong to this
Being. The production of this world by a
mighty agent destitute of wisdom impossible.
On consideration of, 1. What would be adverse
to this production. 2. What would be wanting;
some effects to which a designing cause will, on
all hands, be confessed necessary, having mani-
fest characters of skill and design upon them.
Absurd here to except the works of nature;
wherein at least equal characters of wisdom and
design are to be seen, as in any the most confess-
ed pieces of art, instanced in the frame and mo-
tion of heavenly bodies. A mean unphilosophical
temper, to be more taken with novelties, than
common things of greater importance. Further
instance, in the composition of the bodies of
animals. Two contrary causes of men's not
acknowledging the wisdom of their Maker
herein. Progress is made from the consideration
of the parts and frame, to the powers and func-
tions, of terrestrial creatures. Growth, nutrition,
propagation of kind. Spontaneous motion, sen-
sation. The pretence considered, that the bodies