An Inquiry, Chiefly on Principles of Religion, Into the Nature and Discipline of Human Motives

An Inquiry, Chiefly on Principles of Religion, Into the Nature and Discipline of Human Motives

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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. 1820 edition. Excerpt: ...most effectual method of keeping the inferior motives from intruding into a wrong place, or from engrossing too great an attention, is, after proving the true import and reasonableness of the (higher motives, to determine precisely the right place of the inferior.l For they cannot, if it were wished, be extirpated; and this is felt with an un 1 P. 7-1, 72. conquerable conviction by many persons, who still think that they ought to be extirpated, and who fail to acquire the true temper of piety because they expect it to accomplish impossibilities; and by many others, who have no steady persuasion, but a multitude of doubts and misgivings on the subject. Many persons, also, who see the natural germination, and are conscious of the strength and attractiveness of these inferior motives, are determined not to listen to any philosophy which may demand, as they suspect, their extinction.. They suspect this to be the demand of morals, and therefore refuse even that attention to its precepts which otherwise they might be willing to pay, and find, in an extravagance which originates in themselves, the apology to their own minds for that refusal. To all these persons it is of consummate importance both to show the place of the lower motives, and to assert the priority of the higher. To show the true place of the lower must necessarily remove that undue suspicion of their morality, which tends to elevate the contemplations of the enthusiast above a just and natural pitch, and so to betray him both into mistake and depravity.1 On the other hand, it is no less easy to perceive, that, 1 P. 79. if the jealousy of a too exclusive pretension on the part of the higher motives of action, lead in any degree to disallow their prerogative, the whole nature of more

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  • English
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  • 9781236657572