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Religious Opinions,

AND THE BEST

· HUMAN MEANS

OP ASCERTAINING THE
GENUINE DOCTRINE'S

OF

Christianity:

DESIGNED AS AN ANTIDOTE AGAINST

· THE

THEOLOGICAL WRITINGS :

DOCTOR PRIESTLEY

AND OTHER

HETERODOX TEACHER S.

By The Rev. DAVID SIMPSON, M. A.

THE

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THE following Stri&tures are written with a design of thewing the necessity of some certain method of ascertaining the true sense of holy scripture, on points disputed between the several denominations of Christians ; of enquiring whether any such method is discoverable ; and, if discoverable, what that method is. It is well known very wide and important differences of opinion do prevail, even among pious and learned men. If, therefore, fome common mode of interpretation could be recommended, in which the serious and candid of all parties might safely and honourably acquiesce; it would be rendering an effential service to the cause of religion, and bring us much nearer to one another than we now are, in points where we have long been accustomed to differ,vto the no, small injury of our common Christianity: psychosom...,' ? sino sisi :

Should any misreprésentation of facts, opinions, or characters, bé detected in the course of these Strictures, (the Reader may be assured such misrepresentation is without the smallest intention. If I have appeared to bear hard upon some celebrated names, it is what they themselves have done with others;iand, therefore, they can have no just right to complain. . We have none of us, I would charitably hope, any other defign but the vindication of what we conceive to be important truth. We all respect, no doubt, the persons of men, even while we oppose their real or imaginary mistakes; and can say with sincerity--Amicus Socrates, amicus Plato ; fed magis amicus Veritas, os

There is, I am well aware, a general prejudice gone abroad against controversial writings, and especially upon theological fubjects; though for what juftifiable reason I see not, Controverly in itself is only the discussion of some particular opinion or visit

A2 0 opinions, Socrates is my friend, Plato is my friend; but' Truth is more my friend.

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