Theological Works, Published at Different Times, and Now Collected (3), Volume 3

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 256 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1808. Excerpt: ... Gtithe importance of revealed truth; the duty of reading the Scrip.'tires; and the manna' in which ' they should be read..Asthe Bible may be unanswerably proved to be the word of God, we should reason from it as from self-evident principles or demonstrated truths: for " His testimony is sure, making wise "the simple." Many parts of Scripture accord so well with the conclusions of our rational powers, when duly exercised, that either they might have been known without revelation, or else men have mistaken the capacity of perceiving truth for that of discovering it. Hence various controversies have arisen about natural religion, which many suppose to be rather taken for granted, than made known, by revelation. But the term is ambiguous: for the word natural includes the propensities of our hearts, as well as the powers of our understandings; and tiie same truths which accord to the latter, are often totally opposite to the former. The gentiles might have known many things concerning God and his will, if they had " liked to retain "him in their knowledge;" but their alienation of heart from him prevailed to keep them in ignorance, or entangle them in error. So that the religion of reason would express the idea much more intelligibly. This, however, is obvious, that many trutlxs and precepts which are found in the Bible, have been maintained by persons who were ignorant of divine revelation, or rejected it, or did not choose to own their obligations to it: and many others, who profess to receive the Scriptures as the word of God, assent to some truths contained in them, not so much because they arc ravealed, as because they think that they may be proved by other arguments; whereas, they discard, neglect, or ex plain away, those doctrines, which are not thus e...

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