The nature of uncleanness consider’d: wherein is discoursed of the causes and consequences of this sin, and the duties of such as are under the guilt of it. To which is added, a discourse concerning the nature of chastity, and the means of obtaining it. By J. F. Ostervald, minister of the church of Neuschâtel, author of A treatise of the causes of the present corruption of christians, a catechism,&c
London: printed for Printed for R. Bonwicke, W. Freeman, Tim : Goodwin, J. Walthoe, M. Wotton, S. Manship, J. Nicholson, B. Took, R. Parker, and R. Smith . (1708) $1,800
Quarto ,xxxiv,,280p.first and only edition Early calf binding, hansomly tooled spine .
This is a very interesting of “clealness’ and it’s opposite. “His writings had a great influence, bearing spiritual renewal among Waldensian, Dutch, German, Hungarian and Scandinavian Protestants. Moreover, the English Royal Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts – of which he was a member – brought his teachings to the countries of the Middle East, India, Canada and the West-Indian Islands. His highly influential oeuvre was later called “the second Reformation”.1911 Encyclopædia Britannica, Volume 20“Yet never was more need of Difcourfes of this nature than now, when Wickednefs appears bare-fae’d, and too many are neither afraid nor alhamed to glory in it; as if it were a piece of Bravery, or a Jefting Matter, to bid Defiance to the Almighty, and daringly provoke him to his Face. When People come to this height of Impiety, it is high time to warn them of their exceilive Folly and Danger, and to intreat and befeech them to bethink themlelves in time, left the Wrath of God break forth upon them, and there be no efcaping. This is a dreadful Case, and may juftly be expefted to bring down heavy Judgments upon a People, where thefe Iniquities prevail, to make their Land mourn, and the Inhabitants thereof languid, or poffibly, as it fared with God’s own chofen People the Jews, to let them be no more a Nation.Were they only the common and more ordinary Sins of this kind, fuch as Adultery. Fornication, &c. that we have caufe to complain of, thefe would miferably expofe us to the terrible Indignation of the Almighty, and the dire Effects of it. But to our Sorrow and Shame it muft be confefs’d, that yet more grievous Abominations are found amongft us, fuch as our Country had only heard of in former Ages, but which make too fad a noife in this, to the Terror and Ailonifhment of all the Faithful in the Land.”
ESTC T86652 (two copies west of the Mississippi.