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(without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.
1853 edition. Excerpt: ...You say you believe the Church. Why do
you believe the Church? Because the Church believes. But what does
the Church believe? What I believe. Why does the Church believe?
Because I believe Well--in a word, answer me: What do you and the
Popish Church together believe f Why, --we believe together This is
the answer, my dear brethren Because, among the Roman Catholics,
blindness is a duty and an obligation. Without this blindness
nobody can be a good, reliable Roman Catholic. Therefore, it is
necessary to renounce reason to be a good Roman Catholic. Become a
tree--become a stone--become an unreasoning beast--and yon are a
good Roman Catholic. But this is not the doctrine of St. Paul. He
said, give a reason for the faith that is within you. Therefore,
there is no faith, no religion, where there is no discussion. In
order to have a faith based on reason, --in order to embrace freely
and willingly, aa a human being, a religion--it is necessary,
beforehand, to be persuaded of the truth of this religion. It is
necessary to discuss and examine a faith, a religion; so that,
after embracing it, yon can give a satisfactory reason for your
faith. If you embrace the Roman Catholic religion, because your
father and mother were Roman Catholics, you are no rational
believer--you are an unreasoning Catholic; an unreasoning animal.
Therefore, I maintain that, without free examination, without free
discussion upon the Bible, nobody can be enlightened in this
spiritual work. This, also, is the declaration of the Word of God
itself. Many among the Roman Catholics meet one on this point with
the text quoted from the Gospel, to the effect that, " Whosoever
does not obey you, does not obey me; and whosoever obeys yon, obeys
me." Before these words, Christ said, " As my...
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