Tracts Illustrating the History, Doctrine and Discipline of the Society of Friends

Tracts Illustrating the History, Doctrine and Discipline of the Society of Friends

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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. 1848 edition. Excerpt: ...degrees of misrepresentation and obloquy. For, although they have uniformly appealed to the Holy Scriptures as the standard and test of all their doctrines and practices, freely rejecting whatever should be proved to be inconsistent with their Divine testimony, yet, either through ignorance or prejudice, or the force of sectarian attachments, their repeated declarations have been disregarded or perverted, in order to represent them as slighting those Sacred VVritings, and their principles as scarcely deserving the name of Christian. It is often more easy to disparage the character of an opponent, by loading him with opprobrious epithets, than to refute his positions by sound and solid arguments; and mankind are generally so prone to adopt this course, rather than take the trouble of impartial investigation, that it is not surprising the terms enthusiasts, fanatics, Jesuits, and others of similar or more odious import, should have been freely bestowed on Friends, and credited by too many. Those who have not had the opportunity, or who have disliked the task of ascertaining their real belief, and whose impressions have been chiefly derived from caricatures, drawn by persons whose object and interest it is to place them in the wrong, could scarcely fail to form opinions unfavourable to them as a body, however they might respect the piety and sincerity of individual members. Nor would it be surprising if the frequent and confident reiteration of grave, though unjust charges, should have the effect to awaken doubts, even in the minds of the uninformed members themselves; to lessen their esteem for those devoted Christians who were the instruments, divinely fitted and made use of, in founding the Society; and to induce the apprehension that the...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236905628
  • 9781236905628