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Jonathan M. Yeager

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199916955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.001.0001

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The Difference between True and False Religion

The Difference between True and False Religion

(p.223) 34 The Difference between True and False Religion
Early Evangelicalism

Henry Venn

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This chapter presents excerpts from Henry Venn's The Complete Duty of Man: Or a System of Doctrinal and Practical Christianity (1763). Venn was the son of Richard Venn, who served as rector of St. Antholin's Watling Street in London. He was ordinated as an Anglican minister in June 1749 and became curate of Clapham in 1754, coming into contact with various evangelicals such as John Thornton, George Whitefield, and Selena, Countess of Huntingdon. His Complete Duty of Man is a devotional consisting of sections on practical divinity followed by short prayers. He tackled a variety of subjects, particularly the differences between true and false repentance. Venn demonstrated that the truly penitent are more concerned about sin than fear of hell and damnation, arguing that fear-induced piety is ephemeral by comparison with heartfelt repentance.

Keywords:   piety, Henry Venn, The Complete Duty of Man, Christianity, devotional, divinity, prayers, repentance, sin

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