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OATHS. CHAPTER I. INTRODUCTORY. The practical questions on which I
have endeavoured, in the following treatise, to throw some light,
are chiefly these three: ? First: Are Oaths, in themselves, lawful
to a Christian ? or, are they altogether prohibited by the Gospel ?
Secondly: If oaths are in themselves lawful, are they, as at
present administered and taken in England, calculated to promote
truth and justice ? and are they agreeable to the spirit of the
Religion which we profess ? Thirdly: If any alterations in our
system of oaths should appear desirable, on what principles, and by
what means, may such changes be most safely and satisfactorily
effected ? . ' The discussion of these questions I originally
intended to reserve, till the reader had been put in possession of
such historical information on the subject, as I had been able to
glean. Afterwards, however, becoming apprehensive that such an
arrangement might, in effect, throw these questions into the
back-ground, and make them appear subjects of secondary
consideration (whereas my desire was, that every other part of the
work should bear more or less directly on their elucidation), I
resolved to enter upon them at once, after a few preliminary
remarks. The reader then will observe, that the treatise is divided
into three parts. In the first, having traced oaths to their
origin, and offered some reflections on their essential
characteristics, I proceed to investigate in succession, those
three practical points of inquiry; the importance of which, whether
to society or to its individual members, will not probably be
doubted; and each of which demands a serious, calm, and
unprejudiced examination. In the second portion, I have attempted
to trace the history of Oaths, from the first mention of them...
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