The Conclusion of the Rule of Conscience

The Conclusion of the Rule of Conscience

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1828 edition. Excerpt: ... the measures of conscience, when the reason of a law ceases wholly and universally; that is, as to the public interest: but that which is more diflicult, is, when the reason of the law remains in the general, but it fails in some particular cases, and to particular persons: and what then is our duty, or our liberty? 11. The reason of the difliculty is, because laws are not to regard particulars, but that " quod plerumque accidit," saith Theophrastus; and therefore the private damage is supplied by the public emolument: and the particular pretences are not to be regarded, though they be just, lest others make excuses, and the whole band of discipline and laws be broken. " Satius erat a paucis justam excusationem non accipi, quam ab omnibus aliquam tentari," said Seneca, " It is better to reject the just exception of a few, than to encourage the unjust pretensions of all."--And therefore subjects should, for the public interest, sit' quietly under their own burden. For " lex nulla satis commoda est; id modo quaeritur, si majori parti et in summa prodest," said Cato: " It is a just IBW, if it does good to the generality and in the sum of affairs." And, therefore, if Cains or Titius be pinched in the yoke, they may endure it well, when they consider the public profit. 12. But this were very true only in case there were no other remedy: but our inquiry here being only a question of conscience, which is to be judged by him that commands justly in general, and will do no injustice in particular, and can govern all things without suffering them to entangle each other, the case will prove easy enough: for if God does not require obedience to the laws, when the reason of the law ceases in...
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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 123697445X
  • 9781236974457