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|Human Nature, in Its Fourfold State, of Primitive Integrity, Entire Depravation, Begun Recovery, and Consummate Happiness or Misery, Subsisting in the ... All Mankind in the Future State: In Se
by Thomas Boston
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I am not to declaim at large in favour of religion 3 this were to write a book by way of preface. Many able pens have been employed in recommending it to the world, by strong arguments drawn from its usefulness to society, its suitableness to the dignity of the rational na ture, and the advantages arising to men from it, in this and the other world. But, after all, may not one be al lowed to doubt, if religion be rightly understood by all its patrons? May not the beauties and excellencies of a precious gem be elegantly described by a naturalist, or jeweller, who never saw the particular one he talked of, and knows little of its nature, less of the construction of its parts, and nothing of its proper use 3 Are there not men of bright parts, who reason finely in defence of reli gion, and yet are so much strangers to it, that they brand these who are so happy as to be possessed of it, with the hard name of Spiritualists, reckoning them a kind of En thusiasts, unworthy of their regard. The truth is, Chris tianity is a. Mystery; mere reason does not comprehend it. There is a spiritual discerning necessary to its being rightly understood; whence it comes to pass, that men of great learning and abilities, though they read the Scrip tures with attention, and comment learnedly upon them yet do not, yea cannot, enter into the vein of thought peculiar to the inspired penman, because they share not of the same Spirit; wherefore it is, that the A.
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