The Works of Samuel Parr, LL. D., Prebendary of St. Paul's, Curate of Hatton, &C, Vol. 6 of 8

The Works of Samuel Parr, LL. D., Prebendary of St. Paul's, Curate of Hatton, &C, Vol. 6 of 8 : With Memoirs of His Life and Writings, and a Selection from His Correspondence (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Works of Samuel Parr, LL. D., Prebendary of St. Paul's, Curate of Hatton, &C, Vol. 6 of 8: With Memoirs of His Life and Writings, and a Selection From His Correspondence But was it necessary, you will ask me, for a revela tion to be given, in order to tell you what you and others may learn from the unaided and uncorrupted exercise of your own minds? Perhaps not. But Christianity, you must remember, was vouchsafed for other purposes, and if it aims at this among the rest, where is the unfitness, for instance, of direct ing you to be charitable P - if mankind require to be persuaded as well as convinced, how can such a di rection be called superfluous P For the Gospel being intended for the guidance of man, is suited to his condition and his nature. It conveys not to us any new 'faculties - it plants not within us any new afi'ec tions; but directs us to the right use of those we already possess. But our better affections, as the slightest observation must shew, become feeble and uncertain from the predominance of the worst, and if religion, by controuling the irregularities of the one, facilitates and enlarges the operations of the other, it answers an end not unworthy of its omni scient Author. Hence every restraint tends to the safety of the individual, and every command to the welfare of the species. When, therefore, we are taught to think less respectfully and less gratefully of our religion because it inculcates those actions which are consistent with the dictates of our reason and our feelings, I should always consider this con sistency as a presumptive proof, both of its truth and of its importance. And I should hope to con found the triumphs of infidelity, by stating the con sequences of a contrary supposition; for if revela tion had cithcr explicitly commanded what reason. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

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  • Paperback | 710 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 36mm | 935g
  • Forgotten Books
  • English
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  • 0243302177
  • 9780243302178