The Religion of Nature Delineated

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James and John Knapton, 1731 - Apologetics - 219 pages

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Page 13 - Those propositions, which are true, and express things as they are, express the relation between the subject and the attribute as it is ; that is, this is either affirmed or denied of that according to the nature of that relation. And further, this relation (or, if you will, the nature of this relation) is determined and fixed by the natures of the things themselves.
Page 50 - That there is to a rational being fuch a thing as religion which may alfo upon this further account properly be called natural. For certainly to obey the law, which the Author of his being has given him, is religion...
Page 26 - But the debtor by detaining it ufes it, as if it was his own, and therefore not the other's ; contrary to truth. To pay a man what is due to him doth not deny, that he who pays may think him extravagant, fife, or any other truth •, that aft has no fuch fignification.
Page 97 - If a good man be passing by an infirm building, just in the article of falling; can it be expected, that GOD should suspend the force of gravitation till he is gone by, in order to his deliverance?
Page 106 - His freedom may be restrained, and he only accountable for those acts in respect of which he is free. "5. There possibly may be, and most probably are, beings invisible, and superior in nature to us, who may by other means be in many respects ministers of God's providence, and authors under Him of many events to particular men, without altering the laws of nature. For it implies no contradiction or...
Page 183 - And when he ufes this expreffion my body, or the body ef me, may it not properly be demanded, who is meant by me, or what my relates to ? It cannot be the body itfelf: that cannot fay of itfelf, it is my body, or the body of me.
Page 119 - and my heart lifted up." prop. V. For never to acknowledge the injoyments and privileges we have received, and hold of God, is in effecl: to deny that we receive them from Him ; not to apply to Him for what we want is to deny, either our wants...
Page 34 - ... kind of pleafure, which is true (clear of all difcounts and future payments) : nor can the true quantity of pain not be the fame with that quantity of true or mere pain. Then, the man who enjoys three degrees of fuch pleafure as will bring upon him nine degrees of pain, when three degrees of pain are...
Page 16 - Again, there are some ends, which the nature of things and truth require us to aim at, and at which therefore if we do not aim, nature and truth are denied. If a man does not desire to prevent evils, and to be happy, he denies both his own nature and the nature and definition of happiness to be what they are. And then further, willingly to neglect the means, leading to any such end, is the same as not to propose that end, and must fall under the same censure.
Page 100 - But sure the nature of a thing is not changed by being known, or known beforehand ; for if it is known truly, it is known to be what it is ; and therefore is not altered by this. The truth is, God foresees, or...

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