The Oath a Divine Ordinance; And an Element in the Social Constitution, Its Origin, Nature, Ends, Efficacy, Lawfulness, Obligations, Interpretation, Form and Abuses

The Oath a Divine Ordinance; And an Element in the Social Constitution, Its Origin, Nature, Ends, Efficacy, Lawfulness, Obligations, Interpretation, Form and Abuses

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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. 1845 edition. Excerpt: ...we reply, (a) A man is at all times under perfect obligations to speak truth if he speak at all--but (b) He is not bound to tell all he knows at all times, or when an informal request may be made by an unauthorized person. On the contrary, duty may sometimes require him to conceal the truth. Even the truth is not at all times to be told. An evil report against my neighbour may be true; and I may be cognizant of the facts--but it may be sinful for me to " take it up" and spread it (Ps. xv.)--Yet, (c) That which it would, at one time, be sinful for me voluntarily to tell; I may, at another time, be placed under solemn obligations to disclose. We concede that if a man speaks at all, he is under perfect obligation to speak truth: But he is not legally bound, in any given case, to tell all he knows, until he receives a call from society to do so; or rather a call from God, through the instrumentality of the constituted authority. We have shown in' a previous chapter (VI.) that God, as the sovereign of the universe, is the Founder of society--that " the powers that be are ordained of him"--that society is merely the representative and agent of the Supreme Governor, and that obedience is owed to him--through the constituted authorities. The vox populi--or rather the vox civitatis, when lawfully expressed, is to the citizen, the vox Dei. If the constituted agents of society call upon the citizen to testify to facts, of which he may be cognizant, and tender to him " the oath of God," then he is bound--he is placed under peculiar obligations to tell the whole truth in the case. The oath is to him an indication of the sovereign will of God, that in that case the truth is to be stated. It is the call of God and of society, in a...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236506561
  • 9781236506566