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ESSAY ON TRUTH:
CONTAINING AN ENQUIRY INTO ITS NATURE AND IMPORTANCE; WITH THE
CAUSES OF ERROR, AND TIIE REASONS OF ITS BEING PERMITTED.
THE multifarious and discordant sentiments which divide mankind, afford a great temptation to scepticism, and many are carried away by it. The open enemies of the gospel take occasion from hence to justify their rejection of it: and many of its professed friends have written as if they thought, that to be decided amidst so many minds and opinions were almost presumptuous. The principal, if not the only use which they would make of these differences is, to induce a spirit of moderation and charity, and to declaim against bigotry.
To say nothing at present how these terms are perverted and hackneyed in a certain cause, let two things be seriously considered :-- First, Whether this was the use made by the apostles of the discordant opinions which prevailed in their times, even amongst those who “ acknowledged the divinity of our Saviour's mission ?” In differences amongst christians which did not affect the kingdom of God, nor destroy the work of God, it cere tainly was : such were those concerning meats, drinks, and days,* in which the utmost forbearance was inculcated. But it was otherwise in differences which affected the leading doctrines and precepts of chris
* Rom. xiv, 17, 20.