Essays on the Characteristics

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C. Davis, 1751 - Christianity - 408 pages

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Page 15 - Are many lesser Faculties that serve Reason as chief; among these Fancy next Her office holds ; of all external things, Which the five watchful Senses represent, She forms Imaginations, Aery shapes, Which Reason joining or disjoining, frames All what we affirm or what deny, and call Our knowledge or opinion; then retires Into her private Cell when Nature rests.
Page 298 - Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judea and Cappadocia, in Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
Page 334 - And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye ? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
Page 158 - Men have not been content," he says, " to show the natural advantages of honesty and virtue. They have rather lessened these, the better, as they thought, to advance another foundation. They have made virtue so mercenary a thing, and have talked so much of its rewards, that one can hardly tell what there is in it, after all, which can be worth rewarding. For to be bribed only or terrified into an honest practice, bespeaks little of real honesty or worth.
Page 137 - In the East formerly sisters married brothers, and it was meritorious for a man to marry his mother. Such alliances are abominable; but it is certain that, whatever horror we conceive at the thoughts of them, there is nothing in Nature repugnant against them but what is built upon mode and custom.
Page 15 - Are many lesser faculties, that serve Reason as chief ; among these fancy next Her office holds; of all external things, Which the five watchful senses represent, She forms imaginations, aery shapes, Which reason, joining or disjoining, frames All what we' affirm or what deny, and call Our knowledge or opinion ; then retires Into her private cell, when nature rests.
Page 245 - ... liberal, polished, and refined part of mankind ; so far are they from the mere simplicity of babes and sucklings, that, instead of applying the notion of a future reward or punishment to...
Page 78 - Puppet-Shews in his Contempt, as at this hour the Papists are acting in his Honour; I am apt to think they might possibly have done our Religion more Harm, than by all their other ways of Severity.
Page 380 - It is this one circumftance that hath raifed the venerable Dante, the father of modern poetry, above the...
Page 250 - ... such a one and, like new-born creatures who have never seen their dam, will fancy one for themselves and apply (as by nature prompted) to some like form for favour and protection.

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