A Grammar of Moral Philosophy, and Natural Theology: With a Summary of the Evidences of Christianity. Abstracted Chiefly from the Works of Dr. Paley. To which are Subjoined, Questions and Tables, Adapted to the Study of the Sacred Scriptures

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D. Longworth, 1817 - Apologetics - 248 pages
 

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Page 135 - That there is satisfactory evidence, that many, professing to be original witnesses of the Christian miracles, passed their lives in labors, dangers, and sufferings, voluntarily undergone in attestation of the accounts which they delivered, and solely in consequence of their belief of those accounts ; and that they also submitted, from the same motives, to new rules of conduct.
Page 156 - That the four Gospels alone are received without dispute by the whole church of God under heaven...
Page 12 - the doing good to mankind, in obedience to the will of God, and for the sake of everlasting happiness.
Page 124 - It is a happy world after all. The air, the earth, the water, teem with delighted existence. In a spring noon, or a summer evening, on whichever side I turn my eyes, myriads of happy beings crowd upon my view. "The insect youth are on the wing.
Page 29 - Inequality of property, in the degree in which it exists in most countries of Europe, abstractedly considered, is an evil : but it is an evil which flows from those rules concerning the acquisition and disposal of property, by which men are incited to industry, and by which the object of their industry is rendered secure and valuable.
Page 126 - They were, firstly, that in a vast plurality of instances, in which contrivance is perceived, the design of the contrivance is beneficial : secondly, that the Deity has added pleasure to animal sensations beyond what was necessary for any other purpose ; or when the purpose, so far as it was necessary, might have been effected by the operation of pain.
Page 51 - Reflections proper for this purpose, and which may be called the sedatives of anger, are the following: the possibility of mistaking the motives from which the conduct that offends us proceeded ; how often our offences have been the effect of inadvertency, when they were construed into indications of malice ; the inducement which prompted our adversary to act as he did, and how powerfully the same inducement has, at one time or other, operated upon ourselves ; that he is suffering perhaps under a...
Page 125 - If he had wished our misery, he might have made sure of his purpose, by forming our senses to be so many sores and pains to us...
Page 197 - The influence of religion is not to be sought for in the councils of princes, in the debates or resolutions of popular assemblies, in the conduct of governments towards their subjects or of states and sovereigns towards one another, of conquerors at the head of their armies...
Page 133 - Strictly speaking, the narrative of a fact is then only contrary to experience, when the fact is related to have existed at a time and place, at which time and place we being present, did not perceive it to exist...

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