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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1770 edition. Excerpt: ...faculties. faculties. Though
the instinct be disserent, yet still it is an instinct, which
teaches a man to avoid the sire; as much as that, which teaches a
bird, with, such exactness, the art of incubation, and the whole
economy and order of its nursery. SECTION X. Cf Miracles. PART I.
THERE is, in Dr. Tillotson's writings, an argument against the real
presence, which is as concise, and elegant, and strong as any
argument can possibly be supposed against a doctrine, so little
worthy of a serious resutation. It is acknowledged on all hands,
fays that learned prelate, that the authority, either of the
scripture or of tradition, is founded merely in the testimony of
the apostles, who were eye-witnesses to those miracles of our
Saviour, by which he proved his divine mission. Our evidence, then,
for the truth of the Christian religion is less than the evidence
for the truth of our senses; because, even in the first authors of
our religion, it was no greater; and it is evident it must diminish
in passing from them to their disciples; nor can any one rest such
confidence in their testimony, as in the immediate objects of his
senses. But a weaker evidence can never destroy a stronger j and
therefore, fore, were the doctrine of the real presence ever so
clearly revealed in scripture, it were directly contrary to the
rules of just reasoning to give our assent to it. It contradicts
sense, though both the scripture and tradition, on which it is
supposed to be built, carry not such evidence with them as senses
when they are considered merely as external evidences, and are not
brought home to every one'j breast, by the immediate operation of
the Holy Spirit. Nothing is so convenient as a decisive argument of
this kind, which must at leastfilcnce the...
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American Academy of Political Science
• David Hume
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