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1799. Excerpt: ... ANSWER TO THE SIXTH CHAPTER: That protestants
are not heretics. Ad 1. He that will accuse any one man, much more
any great multitude of men, of any great and horrible crime, should
in all reason and justice take care, that the greatness of his
evidence do equal, if not exceed, the quality of the crime. And
such an accusation you would here make show of, by pretending
first, " to lay such grounds of it, as are either already proved,
or else yielded on all sides;" and after to raise a firm and stable
structure of convincing arguments upon them. But both these I find
to be mere and vain pretences, and having considered this chapter
also without prejudice or passion, as I did the former, I am
enforced, by the light of truth, to pronounce your whole discourse
a painted and ruinous building, upon a weak and sandy foundation.
2. Ad 2, 3. First for your grounds: a great part of them is falsely
said to be either proved or granted. It is true indeed, that " man
by his natural wit or industry could never have attained to the
knowledge of God's will to give him a supernatural and eternal
happiness," nor of the means, by which his pleasure was to bestow
this happiness upon him. And therefore your first ground is good, "
that it was requisite his VOL. n. 2 P understanding should be
enabled to apprehend that end and means, by a knowledge
supernatural." I say this is good, if you mean by knowledge an
apprehension or belief. But if you take the word properly and
exactly, it is both false; for faith is not knowledge, no more than
three is four, but eminently contained in it, so thathe thatknows,
believes, and something more, but he that believes, many times does
not know, nay, if he doth barely and mer.ely believe, he doth never
know; and besides, it is retracte...
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