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The Works of the Rev. John Witherspoon (4 vols.)

by Witherspoon, John, Rodgers, John

William W. Woodward 1802

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Overview

John Knox Witherspoon was a Presbyterian minister, a president of what is now Princeton University, and a signer of the US Declaration of Independence. As a politician, he was a staunch nationalist and republican; as a minister, he was an evangelical opponent of the Moderate Party of the Church of Scotland. In 1768, he became the sixth president of The College of New Jersey at Princeton, where he focused on reforming the school to better train Presbyterian ministers and the future Protestant leaders of the nation.

This collection of Witherspoon’s works includes essays, observations, letters, speeches, and 47 sermons by this great thinker and preacher. With Logos Bible Software, this collection is completely searchable, making the text easier to access for scholarly work and personal study. Scripture appears on mouseover in your preferred translation, and the Logos version integrates seamlessly into your digital library, so your dictionaries and other reference tools are only ever a click away.

The author hath long been of opinion that the great decay of religion in all parts of this kingdom is chiefly owing to a departure from the truth as it is in Jesus, from those doctrines which chiefly constitute the substance of the Gospel.

—Rev. John Witherspoon

Key Features

  • Contains essays, letters, and sermons by revolutionary thinker and preacher John Witherspoon
  • Offers a historical view of the church and the US during the eighteenth century
  • Includes an account of Witherspoon’s life by Rev. John Rodgers

Individual Titles

The Works of the Rev. John Witherspoon, vol. 1

  • Author: John Witherspoon
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: William W. Woodward
  • Publication Date: 1802
  • Pages: 586

Contents:

  • A Funeral Discourse by Rev. John Rodgers
  • An Essay on Justification
  • Treatise on Regeneration
  • Sermon I: All Mankind by Nature under Sin
  • Sermon II: The Sinner Without Excuse before God
  • Sermon III: Hope of Forgiveness with God
  • Sermon IV: The Nature of Faith
  • Sermon V: Christ’s Death a Proper Atonement for Sin
  • Sermon VI: The Love of Christ in Redemption
  • Sermon VII: Redemption the Subject of Admiration to the Angels
  • Sermon VIII: Glorying in the Cross
  • Sermon IX: The World Crucified by the Cross of Christ
  • Sermon X: The World Crucified by the Cross of Christ
  • Sermon XI: Fervency and Importunity in Prayer
  • Sermon XII: Fervency and Importunity in Prayer
  • Sermon XIII: Obedience and Sacrifice Compared
  • Sermon XIV: The Security of Those Who Trust in God
  • Sermon XV: The Nature and Extent of Visible Religion
  • Sermon XVI: The Happiness of the Saints in Heaven

The Works of the Rev. John Witherspoon, vol. 2

  • Author: John Witherspoon
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: William W. Woodward
  • Publication Date: 1802
  • Pages: 598

Contents:

  • Sermon XVII: The Object of a Christian’s Desire in Religious Worship
  • Sermon XVIII: The Glory of Christ in His Humiliation
  • Sermon XIX: The Deceitfulness of Sin
  • Sermon XX: The Believer Going to God as His Exceeding Joy
  • Sermon XXI: The Christian’s Disposition under a Fence of Mercies Received
  • Sermon XXII: A View of the Glory of God Humbling to the Soul
  • Sermon XXIII: Man in His Natural State
  • Sermon XXIV: An Inducement to Come to Christ
  • Sermon XXV: Trust in God
  • Sermon XXVI: Trust in God
  • Sermon XXVII: On the Purity of the Heart
  • Sermon XXVIII: Seeking a Competency in the Wisdom of Providence
  • Sermon XXIX: The Danger of Prosperity
  • Sermon XXX: The Danger of Adversity
  • Sermon XXXI: On the Religious Education of Children
  • Sermon XXXII: Devotedness to God
  • Sermon XXXIII: The Righteous Scarcely Saved and the Wicked Certainly Destroyed
  • Sermon XXXIV: The Yoke of Christ
  • Sermon XXXV: The Glory of the Redeemer in the Perpetuity of His Work
  • Sermon XXXVI: The Petitions of the Insincere Unavailing
  • Sermon XXXVII: The Absolute Necessity of Salvation through Christ
  • Sermon XXXVIII: The Trial of Religious Truth by Its Moral Influence
  • Sermon XXXIX: The Charge of Sedition and Faction against Good
  • Sermon XL: Prayer for National Prosperity and for the Revival of Religion Inseparably Connected
  • Sermon XLI: Seasonable Advice to Young Persons
  • Sermon XLII: Ministerial Fidelity in Declaring the Whole Counsel of God:
  • Sermon XLIII: Ministerial Character and Duty
  • Sermon XLIV: The Success of the Gospel Entirely of God

The Works of the Rev. John Witherspoon, vol. 3

  • Author: John Witherspoon
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: William W. Woodward
  • Publication Date: 1802
  • Pages: 600

Contents:

  • A Pastoral Letter from the Synod of New York and Philadelphia
  • Sermon XLV: The Dominion of Providence over the Passions of Men
  • Sermon XLVI: Delivered at a Public Thanksgiving after Peace
  • Sermon XLVII: Christian Magnanimity
  • An Address to the Students of the Senior Class
  • A Serious Inquiry into the Nature and Effects of the Stage
  • A Letter Respecting Play Actors
  • Ecclesiastical Characteristics
  • A Serious Apology for the Ecclesiastical Characteristics
  • The History of a Corporation of Servants
  • Lectures on Moral Philosophy
  • Lectures on Eloquence

The Works of the Rev. John Witherspoon, vol. 4

  • Author: John Witherspoon
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: William W. Woodward
  • Publication Date: 1802
  • Pages: 502

Contents:

  • Introductory Lecture on Divinity
  • Letters on Education
  • Letters on Marriage
  • Address to the Inhabitants of Jamaica and other West India Islands
  • An Essay on Money
  • Speech in the Synod of Glasgow
  • An Humble Supplication to Such of the Nobility and Gentry of Scotland as Are Elders of the Church and Members of the General Assembly
  • Speech in the General Assembly
  • Letter sent to Scotland for the Scots Magazine
  • Ignorance of the British with respect to America
  • Reflections on the Present State of Public Affairs and on the Duty and Interest of America in This Important Crisis
  • Thoughts on American Liberty
  • On the Controversy about Independence
  • On Concluding the American Controversy
  • Aristides
  • Part of a Speech in Congress on the Conference Proposed by Lord Howe
  • Speech in Congress on the Convention with General Burgoyne
  • Speech in Congress on a motion for Paying the Interest of Loan-Office Certificates
  • Part of a Speech in Congress on the Finances
  • Part of a Speech in Congress upon the Confederation
  • Speech in Congress on the appointment of Plenipotentiaries
  • On the proposed Market in General Washington’s Camp
  • Address to General Washington
  • Memorial and Manifesto of the United States of North America
  • On the Contest between Great Britain and America
  • On the Affairs of the United States
  • Observations on the Improvement of America
  • Supplication of J. R.
  • Recantation of Benjamin Towne
  • A Description of the State of New Jersey
  • A Few Reflections on the Federal City
  • On the Georgia Constitution
  • The Druid

Product Details

  • Title: The Works of the Rev. John Witherspoon
  • Author: John Witherspoon
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: William W. Woodward
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 2,286

About John Witherspoon

Rev. John Knox Witherspoon (1723–1794) was a Presbyterian minister, president of what is now Princeton University, and a signer of the US Declaration of Independence. Witherspoon was born in East Lothian, Scotland. He studied divinity at the University of St. Andrews and the University of Edinburgh. He became a minister in the (Presbyterian) Church of Scotland in 1745 and served in Ayrshire and Paisley until 1768 when he immigrated to North America to become the sixth president of the College of New Jersey at Princeton. He instituted numerous reforms and taught several courses during his time as president.

Witherspoon disagreed with the growing British interference in the colonies and supported the American Revolution as part of New Jersey’s congressional delegation. As a politician, he was a staunch nationalist and republican; as a minister he was an Evangelical opponent of the Moderate Party of the Church of Scotland. He died in 1794 and is buried in the Princeton Cemetery.

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