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By Richard Watson



New York: Published By Carlton & Phillips

200 Mulberry Street -- 1855



Richard Watson (1781–1833) was a British Methodist theologian who was one of the most important figures in 19th century Methodism.

Richard Watson was born in 1781 at Bartonon-Humber.  His father realized early the exceptional intelligence of his son and provided Watson with a classical education.  They moved to Lincoln in 1789 to continue his training.  Following his conversion in 1795, Watson chose to serve in the Methodist Society where his gift of prayer and exhortation became known.  At age 15 , Watson preached his first sermon in a village near Lincoln.  His professional life consisted of preaching, Serving as Secretary  and President of a Methodist Conference   and developing the Wesleyan Missionary  Society.  Watson died in 1833 in Myddelton Square, London.

George John Stevenson , in his Methodist Worthies ,vol. 2,  describes Watson as follows:

"Richard Watson’s dignified form and countenance were striking expressions of his intellectual greatness.  He had a profound acquaintance with the Bible, and his convictions of its truth were deep and intense.  He was in doctrine an orthodox Trinitarian and an Evangelical Arminian; his mind was intensely spiritual; he was of devotional habits, and mist conscientious in the use of his time.  Amongst his characteristics were disinterestedness, zeal, philanthropy and perseverance.  Hi acknowledged having yielded his own freedom of will to the utmost commands of those in office in the Connexion, as the penalty of his return to the Connexion.  In conversation he never failed to instruct and charm those he met; and to those in whom he could confide in friendship he was a friend indeed.  His portrait appeared twice in the Methodist Magazine;  but it does not convey any adequate idea of the man, as compared with the portrait which forms the frontispiece to his “ Life” by the Rev. Thomas Jackson.  His “Life” of John Wesley has been a standard book in Methodism ever since it was published in 1831.  For his collected works published in twelve volumes, the Wesleyan Book Committee gave Mrs. Watson £2000. Mr. Watson’ works have contributed largely to raise the tone of Methodist literature to a much higher standard than it had ever reached before."




(Note to the reader. Authors of academic theological works often quote Scripture in Hebrew and Greek. Optical character recognition programs scan text into English characters and do not do well when copying Hebrew and Greek. No effort was made to transcribe such characters into their original alphabets for this work. Some words and sentences herein, other than those in Latin, may appear odd and incomprehensible for this reason.)





01 -- Man A Moral Agent

02 -- The Rule Which Determines The Quality Of Moral Actions..

03 -- Farther Presumption Of A Direct Revelation..

04 -- Farther Proofs Of This Weakness And Uncertainty Of Human Reason

05 -- The Origin Of Those Truths.. In The Writings.. Of The Heathen

06 -- The Necessity Of Revelation -- State Of Religious Knowledge Among The Heathen

07 -- The Necessity Of Revelation -- State Of Morals Among The Heathen

08 -- The Necessity Of Revelation -- Religions Of The Heathen

09 -- The Evidences Necessary To Authenticate A Revelation -- External Evidence

10 -- The Evidences Necessary To Authenticate A Revelation -- Internal Evidence..

11 -- The Use And Limitation Of Reason In Religion

12 -- Antiquity Of The Scriptures

13 -- The Uncorrupted Preservation Of The Books Of Scripture

14 -- The Credibility Of The Testimony Of The Sacred Writers

15 -- The Miracles Of Scripture

16 -- Objections To The Proof From Miracles Considered

17 -- Prophecies Of Scripture

18 -- Objections To The Evidence From Prophecy Considered

19 -- Internal Evidence Of The Truth Of Scripture -- Collateral Evidence

20 -- Miscellaneous Objections Answered




21 -- The Existence Of God

22 -- Attributes Of God -- Unity, Spirituality

23 -- Attributes Of God -- Eternity, Omnipotence, Ubiquity

24 -- Attributes Op God -- Omniscience

25 -- Attributes Of God -- Immutability, Wisdom

26 -- Attributes Of God -- Goodness

27 -- Attributes Of God -- Holiness

28 -- God -- The Trinity In Unity

29 -- Trinity -- Scripture Testimony

30 -- Trinity -- Pre-Existence Of Christ

31 -- Trinity -- Jesus Christ The Jehovah Of The Old Testament

32 -- The Titles Of Christ

33 -- Christ Possessed Of Divine Attributes

34 -- The Acts Ascribed To Christ Proofs Of His Divinity

35 -- Divine Worship Paid To Christ

36 -- Humanity Of Christ -- Hypostatic Union -- Errors As To The Person Of Christ

37 -- The Personality And Deity Of The Holy Ghost

38 -- Fall Of Man -- Doctrine Of Original Sin

39 -- Redemption -- Principles Of God's Moral Government

40 -- Redemption -- Death Of Christ Propitiatory

41 -- Redemption -- Sacrifices Of The Law

42 -- Redemption -- Primitive Sacrifices

43 -- Benefits Derived To Man From The Atonement -- Justification

44 -- Benefits Derived To Man From The Atonement --Concomitants Of Justification

45 -- Extent Of The Atonement

46 -- Extent Of The Atonement -- Continued

47 -- An Examination Of Certain Passages Supposed To Limit Christ's Redemption

48 -- Theories Which Limit The Extent Of The Death Of Christ

49 -- Redemption -- Farther Benefits




50 -- The Moral Law

51 -- The Duties We Owe To God

52 -- The Duties We Owe To God -- The Lord's Day

53 -- Morals -- Duties To Our Neighbour




54 -- The Christian Church

55 -- Institutions Of Christianity -- The Sacraments

56 -- The Institutions Of The Church -- Baptism

57 -- The Institutions Of The Church -- The Lord's Supper