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Page 194 - Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things, ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
Page 373 - But are we not to consider him too, when he was writing, as a man under the influence of actual inspiration? And was not divine inspiration sufficient to keep him from falling into those faults, want of order and perspicuity, into which none but the meanest of uninspired writers are apt to fall? Mr. Locke should have thought so, since St Paul says, that the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets:!
Page 375 - But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God . 4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.
Page 342 - In short, he carried his indulgence so far, or he dissembled so far, that he became as a Jew to the Jews, that he might gain the Jews, and to them that are without law, that is, to the Gentiles, as without law, that he might gain them too.t We have his own word for this, and he boasts of it.
Page 310 - No religion ever appeared in the world, whose natural tendency was so much directed to promote the peace and happiness of mankind, as the Christian.
Page 354 - the system of religion which Christ published, and his evangelists recorded, is a complete system to all the purposes of religion, natural and revealed.
Page 357 - ... many ambiguous expressions, and many dark sayings, in the gospel, that there are many doctrines, which reason would never have taught, nor is able to comprehend now they are taught, cannot be denied. Nay the utmost human endeavors have been, and must be always, employed in vain to reduce the entire plan of divine wisdom in the mission of Christ, and the redemption of man, to a coherent, intelligible, and reasonable system of doctrines and facts. Is it strange that it should be so? It could not...
Page 189 - Hence we see that reason, speaking never so clearly to the wise and virtuous, had never authority enough to prevail on the multitude, and to persuade the societies of men that there was but one God that alone was to be owned and worshipped. The belief and worship of one God was the national religion of the Israelites alone; and, if we will consider it, it was introduced and supported amongst that people by revelation.
Page 305 - ... for faith is an effect of persuasion, and persuasion is nothing else but the application of some reason to the mind, apt to draw forth its assent. No man, therefore, can believe he knoweth not what or why; he that truly believeth must apprehend the proposition, and he must discern its connection with some principle of truth, which, as more notorious to him, he before doth admit...