An Inquiry Into The Accordancy Of War With The Principles Of Christianity; And An Examination Of…

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byJonathan Dymond

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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. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ...as the general utility and expediency of actions is the foundation of their moral qualities, and as it is sometimes most conducive to general utility and expediency that there should be a war, wax is, therefore, sometimes lawful. The first of these positions will probably be thus enforced. If an individual suffers aggression, there is a Power to which he can apply that is above himself and above the aggressor; a power by which the bad! passions of those around him are restrained, or by which their aggressions are punished. But amongst, nations there is no acknowledged superior or common arbitrator.--Even if there were, there is no way in which its decisions could be enforced, but by the sword. War, therefore, is the only means which one-nation possesses of protecting itself from, the aggres-% sion of another. This, certainly, is plausible reasoning; but it hap-, gens to this argument as to many others, that ife, assumes that as established, which has not been proved, and upon the proof of which the truth of the whole argument depends. It assumes, That the reason why an individual is not permitted to use violence, is, that the laws witt not use it for him. And in this the fallacy of the position consists; for the foundation of the duty of forbearance in private life, is not that the laws will punish aggression, but that Christianity requires forbearance. Undoubtedly, if the existence of a common arbitrator were the foundation of the duty, the duty would not be binding upon nations. But that which we require to be proved is this--that Christianity exonerates nations from those duties which she has imposed upon individuals. This, the present argument does not prove; and, in truth, with a singular unhappiness in its application, it assumes,...

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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. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ...as the general utility and expediency of actions is the foundation of their moral qualities, and as it is somet...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:46 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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