Christianity As Old As the Creation; Or, the Gospel, a Republication of the Religion of Nature Volume 1
General Books, 2013 - 124 páginas
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. 1730 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAR XHL T&? AE/& of Mankind, by their Reason, mustbe able to distinguish between Religion and Sujer ftition ', otherwise they can never extricate themselves from that.Superstition they, chance to be educated in.; E LI G I O N cither does not concern the Majority, as being incapable of forming a Judgment about it j or it must carry such internal Marks of its Truth, as Men of mean Capacity are able to discover; or else notwithstanding the infinite Variety of Religions, All who do not understand the Original Languages their traditional Religions are written in, which is all Mankind, a vciy few excepted, are alike bound in all Places to pin their Faith on their Priests, and believe in Men, who have an Interest to deceive them; and who have seldom fail'd to do so, when Occasion serves. Can People, if incapable by their Reason to distinguish Truth from Fahhood, have any Thing more to plead for the Truth of their Religion, than that they believe it to be the the True Religion; because their Priests, who are hir'd to maintain it, tell them it was a long While ago reveal'd to certain Persons, who, as they, on their Priestly Words, assure them, were too wise to be impos'd on themselves; and too honest to impose on others: /And that no Change cou'd have been made in their Religion in After-times; the Care Men have of their own Souls, as well as their natural Affections for Posterity, obliging them from Generation to Generation, to hand down their Religion just as they receiv'd it: And that it was morally impossible, Innovations (hou'd creep in, since it wou'd be the highest Folly in any to attempt to introduce new Doctrines, as a Tradition receiv'd from their Ancestors; when all must know they had recciv'd no such Tradition.' As This is...