Letters to the author of a Free enquiry into the nature and origin of evil. To which are added, three discourses

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Página 152 - For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, thefe...
Página 126 - When you have proved that the three angles of every triangle are equal to two right angles...
Página 14 - God's: it is utterly impossible, even for Omnipotence itself, to give a perfect Government, or a perfect Religion to an imperfect Creature; and therefore, that the numberless imperfections inherent in all human Governments and Religions, are not imputable to God, nor...
Página 104 - not " not of this world. If my kingdom were " of this world, then would my fervants " fight, that I mould not be delivered to " the Jews : but now is my kingdom not •* from hence.
Página 40 - ... to affirm Man could ever have been exempted, fo long as he continued to be Man. God indeed might have made us quite other creatures, and placed us in a world quite otherwife conftituted ; but then we had been no longer Men ; and whatever Beings had occupied our ftations...
Página 141 - Now upon fuppofition of a religion being defective in the four points above-mentioned* which you have eftablifhed as the teft of perfection ; your conclufion is reafonable : that it muft foon be corrupted. But I truft there is...
Página 18 - Chriftians have agreed in this one point, though differing in all others ; and have all treated it as a felf-evident principle, that the...
Página 67 - ... together with his nature and formation, from the fupreme author of all things ; for which reafon he cannot apprehend, that the general wickednefs of mankind can be an accident proceeding from their unforefeen wrong elections, by which the whole benevolent fyftem is defeated ; but muft be a part, and a material part too, of the original plan of creation, wifely calculated by the incomprehenfible operations of vice and punifhment, to promote the good and happinefs of the whole.
Página 147 - ... good a worke was fet on foot, which in our adverfaries beget contempt and fcorn, fills me with wonder, and is the very fame objection the infolent Pagans firft caft at Chrift and his Difciples.
Página 66 - Morality whatever ; and it is, moreover, charged with inconfiftency and felf-contradi<5tion thro' every part. To all this the Author replies only, that he is allured, that, if any intelligent reader will perufe the whole Letter together with candor, and attention, it will evidently appear, that thefe accufations are entirely groundlefs. He makes no manner of doubt, but that man is endued with Free-will, and is juftly...

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