The Theological and Miscellaneous Works -Of -William -Jones; In 6 Vols Volume 6

The Theological and Miscellaneous Works -Of -William -Jones; In 6 Vols Volume 6

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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. 1810 edition. Excerpt: ...ridiculous? But if he had lived in other times, and had argued against the Heathen priests as be did against the Christians, the Heathens would have put him to death: perhaps 'they would have flayed him alive: they would not have crowned him with roses, and set" up his image in their temples. They were mad enough in many things; but not so mad as that. Such acts were reserved for the time when Christians should run mad. _ i The case isg then plain concerning the origin of priesthood.--It must have come either from God, or from Nature, or from Tradition. From Nature it could not.come; not a Deist in the nation will pretend it. If it came from tradition, that tradition must have had some true original; and this is but another way or saying that it came from God. What we say of priesthood, we must say of sacrifice: they are relative terms: and one is nothing without' the other: for in the one we have _the minister, and in the other the min-i-stry. And here we shall ask the same question as before. Did Nature think of sacri fice as a.-duty? Never. She pronounces it to be. folly. 1 moritur cur victima pro tel Stultitifl est. Q Is it possible forrauori tovconclude, that the Creator can be pleased with the destruction of his creatures? Can a guilty person become less guilty by adding one offence to another? Here some consideration must be admitted, which does violence to natural reason: and this is, the doctrine of manls fall into a sin ful state: for without' th/is the whole is an absurdity: it is an effect without a cause. To suppose sacrifice is to suppose sin: and the heathen practice bears universal testimony to it: so that our Infidels have another reason for burning their heathen books. I grant that, when more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
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  • English
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