Remarks on the Internal Evidence for the Truth of Revealed Religion by Thomas ErskineRemarks on the Internal Evidence for the Truth of Revealed Religion by Thomas Erskine

Remarks on the Internal Evidence for the Truth of Revealed Religion

byThomas Erskine

Paperback | February 7, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1853 Excerpt: ... SECTION IV. But many who admit the abstract character of God, feel notwithstanding a disposition to reject the Gospel history; although its whole tenor is in perfect conformity with the general idea to which they have professed their consent. This is natural, though unreasonable. It is probable that the old king's son was very much astonished when he learned the final determination as to the mode of executing the law in his case; yet, if he had been asked before, what his opinion of his father's character was, it is likely that he would have answered with confidence, that he knew him to be a just prince and an affectionate father. Why, then, was he astonished? Did not the fact agree with his previous judgment? The only explanation is, that he did not comprehend the full meaning of his own expressions; and when he saw the general idea which he had formed of his father's character embodied in an action, he did not recognize it to be in fact the same thing. Many of those who reason on the character of God fall into a similar mistake. They admit his absolute moral perfections; but when the abstract idea which they have formed of Him takes life before their eyes, and assumes the body of an action, they start from it as if it were an utter stranger. And why?--The only reason which can be given is, that the abstract idea which they talk about is so vague and indeterminate as to make no distinct impression on their minds. If a man really admitted, in truth and in intelligence, that abstract idea of God which he admits in words, he would find his reason compelled to believe a fact which is only an exemplification of that idea, nay the existence of which seems in some degree indispensable to the consistency of that idea. The admission of this abstract idea, and the r...
Title:Remarks on the Internal Evidence for the Truth of Revealed ReligionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:38 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217269141

ISBN - 13:9780217269148