Humanity's Gain from Unbelief

Freethought Publishing Company, 1889 - 16 pages

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Page 14 - A Jew may sue at this day, but heretofore he could not, for then they were looked upon as enemies, but now commerce has taught the world more humanity...
Page 8 - It is most unfortunate for the cause of the planters, that they did not speak out in time. They did not say, as they ought to have said, to the first advocates of missions and education, We shall not tolerate your plans till you prove to us that they are safe and necessary ; we shall not suffer you to enlighten our slaves, who are by law our property, till you can demonstrate that when they are made religious and knowing they will still continue to be our slaves.
Page 4 - Dissent is a great sin," and that Dissenters " worship God according to their own evil and corrupt imaginations, and not according to his revealed will, and therefore their worship is idolatrous.
Page 13 - India, in which he observes (Works, vol. ip 233) with regret, that he lived in " an age when some intelligent and virtuous persons are inclined to doubt the authenticity of the accounts delivered by Moses concerning the primitive world.
Page 9 - It has often been repeated, that the abolition of slavery among modern people is entirely due to Christians. That, I think, is saying too much ; slavery existed for a long period in the heart of Christian society without it being particularly astonished or irritated.
Page 11 - I. -с. 12, that all persons invoking any evil spirit, or consulting, covenanting with, entertaining, employing, feeding, or rewarding, any evil spirit ; or taking up dead bodies from their graves to be used in any witchcraft, sorcery, charm, or enchantment; or killing or otherwise hurting any person by such infernal arts, should be guilty of felony without benefit of clergy, and suffer death.
Page 14 - What is the definition of an infidel ? Why, one who does not believe in the Christian religion. Then a Jew is an infidel." And English history for several centuries prior to the Commonwealth shows how, habitually and most atrociously, Christian kings, Christian courts, and Christian churches persecuted and harassed these infidel Jews. There was a time in England when Jews were such Infidels that they were not even allowed to be sworn as witnesses. In 1740, a legacy left for establishing an assembly...
Page 15 - All infidels are in law perpetui inimici, perpetual enemies (for the law presumes not that they will be converted, that being remota potentia, a remote possibility) for between them, as with the devils, whose subjects they be, and the Christian, there is perpetual hostility, and can be no peace; for as the Apostle said, 2 Cor.
Page 16 - Take from differing Churches two recent illustrations: The late Principal Dr. Lindsay Alexander, a strict Calvinist, in his important work on "Biblical Theology," claims that " all the statements of Scripture are alike to be deferred to as presenting to us the mind of God.

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