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fettle the absolute Nature of it, nor to SHRM.
Now upon the Foot of Christianity
foolisa the Wisdom of this world. And we
SERM, they who rely entirely upon 'Philosophy,
VIII. and the Wisdom of Man; and they, who, w knowing nothing of this, depend only
upon that Wisdom, which the Greeks eall'd Foolishness. It is very remarkable, that a plain honest Man has a better Notion of things than the other with all his Learning and Philosophy:. For such a one acts more agreable to the Simplicity of Nature, gives his Faculties room to exert themselves in a kindly Manner, and suffers them to have their proper Influence: Whereas, on the contrary, the Man of Reason is for ever contradicting Nature; the Senses, the Paffions are nothing in his Scheme; he believes nothing unless he sees the Reason of it; accordingly Philosophy is bound to give it him, which it does : And what is it after all, but one Link of that grand univerfal Chain that is drawn over all Nature, and reaches up to the Infinity of God. How much wiser does he act, who, finding the Impossibility of discerning the whole of any one thing in Nature, i. e. the thing with all its Relations, rests fatisfied in the Faith of God, who from an absolute
Knowledge of all Nature has furnish'd Serm.
Here then lies the Difference between
Serm.phy had a fair Hearing, as it would be të VIII. 1. refuse to exert any one Act of our Reason.
Now where after all is the Seat of Liberty? And who is the free Man? Does it consist in a Power of oppofing the Truth, fitting loose to every thing, and in cloging the Wheels of the grand Machine of Human Nature? Or, is a Man therefore free, because he can, or will do so ? No. Liberty is not a fluctuating thing, an Indifference to Truth or Fallhood, but'a happy Situation of the Mind 10 Truth only; and he is more or less free, whose Mind is more or less situated that Way. Philosophy cannot give us that Situation, because it cannot direct us to absolute Truth; but if we do not prevent it, it will lead us to that that can, which is to Faith, and this is all it can do.
Thus then it appears, that Faith alone can give us Liberty, and that they, who promise it upon any other Foundation, are themselves the Servants of Corruption, And thus does that Faith, which was to the Jews a Stumbling-Block, and to the Greeks Foolishness, and to every Unbes
liever ever since, Nonsense and Absurdity, SERM. triumph over all the Wisdom and Philo- VIII. fophy of Man: And among the many great and excellent Advantages that attend it, this one is most remarkable, which is the çedeeming the captivated World from the Bondage of Corruption into the glorious Liberty of the Children of God.
It only remains for us, who are thus call’d to Liberty, to take care not to turn it into Licentiousness; and to remember what I have already often obsery'd, that this Liberty does not authorize us to do Right or wrong, Good or Evil: People may indeed call this Liberty, because they find in themselves a Power to do so, but the true Christian Liberty directs us only to what is Right and Good.
In short, Liberty is the Absence of Sla. very, of every thing that can lay an Incumbrance upon the Mind; and the more we i enjoy of it, so much the more shall we be ::: like that Divine Being, who is the Sum of Liberty, as he is the Sum of all things.