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The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor (v. 8)

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Pages: 374

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Jeremy Taylor

Excerpt from book: but reason is the judge: that is, we being the persons that are to be persuaded, we must see that we be persuaded reasonably : and it is unreasonable to assent to a lesser evidence, when a greater and clearer is propounded. But of that every man for himself is to take cognizance, if he be able to judge: if he be not, he is not bound under the tie of necessity to know any thing of it: that what is necessary shall be certainly conveyed to him, God, that best can, will certainly take care for that: for if he does not, it becomes to be not necessary: or if it should still remain necessary, and he damned for not knowing it, and yet to know it be not in his power, then who can help it? there can be no further care in this business. In other things, there being no absolute and prime necessity, we are left to our liberty to judge that way that makes best demonstration of our piety and of our love to God and truth, not that way that is always the best argument of an excellent understanding: for this may be a blessing, but the other only is a duty. 6. And now that we are pitched upon that way, which is most natural and reasonable in determination of ourselves, rather than of questions, which are often indeterminable, since right reason, proceeding upon the best grounds it can, viz. of Divine revelation and human authority and probability, is our guide, ' stando in humanis:' and supposing the assistance of God's Spirit,—which he never denies them that fail not of their duty in all such things in which he requires truth and certainty—it remains that we consider how it comes to pass, that men are so much deceived in the use of their reason and choice of their religion, and that, in this account, we disiinguish those accidents which make error innocent from those which make it become a heres...  

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