“Q. Considering we live in an Age wherein Mens Opinions, as to Matters of Faith, are various…”

“…how shall one so behave ones self in respect to those who differ from us, as not only to avoid Error, but also to prevent ourselves from rashly condemning those who embrace not the same Opinions, as we do?

A. We ought to keep to the plain Text of Scripture, and affirm nothing as necessary to Salvation, which is not clearly revealed in it, without permitting our selves to draw far fetcht [far-fetched], or too subtil [subtle] Consequences thence; or ingage [engage] ourselves in metaphysical Arguments about Things which are above our Reach; and this Method might make us more Charitable to, and less hot against others; because the many Controversies which divide us, are commonly upon such Things, as the Scripture has not clearly decided in Favour of either Party. The Errors we ascribe to one another, often respecting the Manner of Things, which in many Cases Holy Writ has not determined.”

From The Athenian oracle. volume 3, 1728. Page 471.

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