Philip Doddridge DD was an English Nonconformist leader, educator, and hymnwriter. Philip Doddridge worked towards a united Nonconformist body that would have wide appeal, retaining highly cultured elements without alienating those less educated.
His best known work, The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul (1745), dedicated to Isaac Watts, was often reprinted and became widely influential. It was through reading it, together with Isaac Milner, that William Wilberforce began the spiritual journey which eventually led to his conversion. It is said that this work best illustrates Doddridge's religious genius, and it has been widely translated. His other well-known works include: The Family Expositor (6 vols., 1739-1756); Life of Colonel Gardiner (1747); and a Course of Lectures on Pneumatology, Ethics and Divinity (1763). Doddridge also published several courses of sermons on particular topics.
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CHAPTER II. THE CARELESS SINNER AWAKENED. 1,9. It is too supposable a case that this treatise may come into suet hands.3, 4. Since many, not grossly vicious, fall .under that character. 5, 6. A more particular illustration of this case, with an aptal to the reader, whether it be not his own.7 to 9. Expostulate Iti -v'Ji such.10 to 12. More particularly, from acknowledged principles relating to the nature of God, his universal presence, agency, and perfection.13. From a view of personal obligations to him.14. .From the danger of this neglect, when considered in its aspect on a future state. 15. An appeal to the conscience as already convinced.16 Transition to the subject of the next chapter.The meditation of a sinner, who, having been long thoughtless, begins to be awakened. 1. Shamefully and fatally as religion is neglected in the world, yet, blessed be God, it has some sincere disciples, children of wisdom, by whom, even in this foolish and degenerate age, it "is justified," Matt. xi. 19; who having, by divine grace, been brought to the knowledge of God in Christ, have faithfully devoted their hearts to him, and by a natural consequence, are devoting their lives to his service. Could I be sure this treatise would fall into no hands but theirs, my work would be shorter, easier, and more pleasant. 2. But among the thousands that neglect religion, it is more than probable that some of my readers may be included; and I am so deeplyaffected with their unhappy case, that the temper of my heart, as well as the proper method of my subject, leads me, in the first place, to address myself to such; to apply to every one of them, andtherefore to you, O reader, whoever you are, tvho may come under the denomination of a careless sinner. 3. Be not, I beseech you, angry ...