The Difficulties and Discouragements which Attend the Study of the Scriptures in the Way of Private Judgment: In Order to Shew That, Since Such a Study of the Scriptures is Men's Indispensable Duty, it Concerns All Christian Societies to Remove as Much as Possible Those Discouragements, in a Letter to a Young Clergyman. From the 8vo Ed. of His Works Published in 1746

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E. Wilson, 1840 - Bible - 32 pages

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Page 27 - ... interpretations. To be plain ; the one thing, that turned them from so noble and necessary a study, was the want of liberty, which, in this study only, is denied men. They found it was dangerous to examine impartially, and speak freely ; that...
Page 20 - Whatever, therefore, you do, be orthodox : orthodoxy will cover a multitude of sins ; but a cloud of virtues cannot cover the want of the minutest particle of orthodoxy
Page 20 - Whatever therefore you do, be orthodox ; orthodoxy will cover a multitude of sins, but a cloud of virtues cannot cover the want of the minutest particle of orthodoxy. It is expected, no matter how unreasonably, that a man should always adhere to the party he has once taken. It is the opinion of the world, that he is all his life bound by the subscriptions he made in his first years ; as if a man were as wise at twenty,four, and knew as much of the Scripture and antiquity, and could judge as well...
Page 28 - Spend ten or twelve years upon Horace or Terence. To illustrate a billet-doux or a drunken catch, to explain an obscene jest, to make a happy emendation on a passage that a modest man would blush at, will do you more credit and be of greater service to you than the most useful employment of your time upon the Scriptures, unless you can resolve to conceal your sentiments and speak always with the vulgar.
Page 28 - How are his abilities confessed and admired by all ! But had the same genius, the same sagacity and labour, been applied to the study of the Scriptures, to settle the texts in doubtful places, to mend corrupted ones, explain hard ones, fix the meaning of obscure ones, and to trace out the literal sense where it can be done ; should he, I say, have attempted a work of this kind, instead of thanks and applause, it is more than probable he would have been treated as a rash man, of no judgment, of little...
Page 31 - ... further than in words ; if we in earnest think them the only rule of faith, let us act as if we thought so. Let us heartily encourage a free and impartial study of them; let us lay aside that malignant, arbitrary, persecuting, Popish spirit; let us put no fetters on men's understandings, nor any other bounds to their inquiries but what God and Truth have set. Let us, if we would not give up the Protestant principle, that the Scriptures are plain and clear in the necessary articles, declare nothing...

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