Religio laici: Written in a letter to John Dryden,esq. ...

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Printed for R. Bentley, and S. Magnes, 1683 - Deism - 95 pages
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Page i - Virtue and justice are the only bonds of people's love; and as for that point, many princes have lost their crowns whose own children were manifest successors; and some that had their own children used as instruments of their ruin...
Page 20 - Spirit that fpoke, whether Camillas, or his Boy who waited on him in the Temple, did hear or underhand the Voice as well as himfelf? Here I know the Priefts Anfwer would be...
Page iii - I have endeavoured that my discourse should only be a continuance of yours ; and that, as you taught men how to believe, so I might instruct them how to live.
Page 67 - Good" ness did at first create, and doth still perpetuate human kind. — " 4. That man can do no more on his part, for the satisfying of " divine justice, than to be heartily sorry and repent him of his " sins, as well as to endeavor, through his grace, to return to the " right way, from which through his transgression, he had erred : " or if this did not suffice for the making of his peace, that the " Supreme God by inflicting some temporal punishment in this " life, might satisfy his own justice....
Page 12 - Penitent, though he had not any shadow of Revelation for it, I should give entire Credit to him. The Validity of Revelation proved by its Doctrine. That therefore the Certainty of that Doctrine, which is called Revealed, or the word of God in any Age or Country, comes not to me simply either from the Authority of him that said the holy Spirit did so dictate the word to him: No, nor from the Authority of them that believed it: (how many or great...
Page x - Fundamental Articles agreed upon by all that I could meet with , and confider afterwards how far they might conduce to my falvation. The former of thefe two I foon perceiv'd to be...
Page 57 - To are we more or lets inclining or averfe thereto : wher& upon our Will, either for or againfl any thing, to do or forbear any thing , doth always follow our Judgment; which Judgment is framed by feveral things, viz. the Temper of our Brain...
Page 11 - Divine, fince as that is more than could be known in following times, fo, when it were granted, it Would inferr little to me,. but that which...
Page 18 - ... betwixt them, and whether the words were of God's immediate invention, or that there were only certain Notes and Characters in use betwixt them, whereby they understood one another?
Page x - I foon perceiv'd to be imppflible; for, whofe private Affairs at home, or publick Duty to his Native Country , will permit him to take fuch Journies to all the Quarters of the World?

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