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(Selected from Smith's Leetures on the Nature and End of the Sacred Office.}
While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light.
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IV. Reply to VII. letter, on the obligations of men to
embrace whatever God reveals-liis charge of illibe.
This sub-divided into four lesser sections.
The prevalence of truth and righteousness is doubtless an object of great importance; nor is the former any less
necessary to the latter, than both are to the welfare of mankind. If controversy is of any use, it is because it tends to bring truth to light. li too often unhappily falls out, however, that the parties themselves are not the first who are convinced by each others reasonings; but on the contrary, are as far, and perhaps farther asunder, when they leave off, than when they began: this is not very difficult to be accounted for, though it is much to be lamented. Perhaps there are very few controversies wherein there is not room for mutual concessions. The backwardness so generally discovered to this by writers, and the determination that too commonly appears on both sides to maintain at all events their own principles, have given much disgust to many readers, and made them almost ready to despair of edification by reading controversy.
But though it must be granted that such conduct affords a just ground of disgust towards a writer, yet there is not the same reason for being digusted with controversial writing. Whatever be the prejudices of the parties, and their rigid adherence to their own opinions; if a controversy is carried on with any good