"Many of the ancient and modern divines have written of this noble argument, from whom I have received benefit in the following composure; but none, as I know, hath considered all the parts together, and presented them in one view. There still remains a rich abundance for the perpetual exercise of our spirits. The eternal word alone was able to perfect all things by once speaking. Human words are but an echo that answers the voice of God, and cannot fully express its power, nor pass so immediately through the sense to the heart, but they must be repeated. May these discourses be effectual to inflame us with the most ardent love to our Saviour, who ransomed us with the invaluable price of his own blood; and to persuade us to live for heaven, the purchase of that sacred treasure, I shall forever acknowledge the divine grace, and obtain my utmost aim." - from the Author's Preface
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William Bates (1625-1699) was one of the most popular and esteemed preachers among the Nonconformists; a master of the Puritan plain style of preaching, his stress on piety earned him the name "silver-tongued."
"William Bates' The Harmony of the Divine Attributes in the Contrivance and Accomplishment of Man's Redemption is in a class of books which few are writing in our day. Here is a thorough opening of the central principles of the Gospel--without the corrosive errors so often found in modern presentations of this glorious theme, and well-delivered in a way that is God-centered and God-honoring." - Dr. Robert Martin, Emmanuel Reformed Baptist Church, Seattle, Washington; Editor of Reformed Baptist Theological Review
"It would be difficult to mention any single work in which the glorious plan of man's redemption is more fully and clearly exhibited, than in Dr. Bates' Harmony Of The Divine Attributes. The writer recollects with pleasure and gratitude, that when he was first led to attend with interest to theological subjects, this work fell into his hands, and was read with' profit and delight; and now, after the lapse of forty years, he has again perused it with unmingled approbation ; and he can scarcely conceive of any better method of exhibiting the doctrines of the gospel, than that which is here pursued.
It is no small recommendation of this work, that it will be found well adapted to Christians of all evangelical denominations. The controversial spirit is excluded, and the precious truths of the Bible are presented in a manner which will command the approbation of all who possess a truly spiritual taste. Many doctrines, it is true, are here brought forward, which have often occasioned keen and acrimonious controversy; but in the hands of our author they have no other than a peaceful and practical bearing." - Archibald Alexander
"The Harmony of the Divine Attributes in the Redemption of Man has always been one of the most popular parts of Dr. Bates' 'works; it embraces all points essential to the gospel; exhibits the same amiable spirit as that which breathes through the whole of his writing; and is at once calculated, it is presumed, to advance the interests of religion in general, and to confirm and edify the individual Christian. Besides, a volume of this size may be procured by many, whose circumstances place the whole works beyond their reach." - William Farmer, Editor of 1815 edition