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Some Thoughts conerning the Proofs of a Future State from Reason.
Occasioned by a discourse of the Rev. Mr. Joseph Hallet on the same subject.

by Henry Grove

1730 - London - Hett, and Gray.
8" by 5"; (xvi)211pp.

 

 
 







 





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A fascinating exploration of the reasonability of life after death with humanist leanings.

First Edition

Henry Grove (1684-1738) was a contemporary of Isaac Watts, educated at dissenting schools in Taunton and London.  After a brief stint as a minister in Ilchester, he became a tutor at his old Taunton academy, where his 'open-mindedness' quickly (and perhaps wisely) led him to stay as far away as possible from contemporary theological disputes.  Whilst this led some to question his theological ability, his work is marked by the influence of Newton and Locke, and he maintained a commitment to the role of reason in faith (stating that otherwise, conversion would be an arational act.

In these Proofs, Groves exlpores the reasonability of belief in the afterlife.  He expresses his personal preference that nonbelievers ought simply to cease to exist rather than to endure an eternity of Hell, but concedes that punishment is probably more in accord with the nature and will of God.  He goes on to underscore his belief in reason ('there can be no room for a dispute between reason and revelation) and expounds that the whole system of divine truthscontaind in the Gospel has the same tendencyto enlarge the mind, to purify and exalt the affections,and to establish the liberty of the will, asthat swarm of errors which filld the Pagan world had to confine, to pollute, and enslave.'

CONDITION

Externally, bound in somewhat battered old calf with worn corners, gilt lines around boards, chipped spine, and cracked joints.

Internally, firmly bound.  Front pastedown separated from board with bookplate of Professor David Arthut Pailin to the exposed board; some damp staining; wormholes in outer margin of final three leave of text and two blank end papers; two headpieces; errata on p. 211; faint remains of speckled light red staining on edges of leaves.

Overall:  GOOD

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