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r and pleasanter to deal with received theology in the spirit of reverence, usually found in literature; thus offending no one, and meetin

g the approval of a worthy and influential class;

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but, there are other reasons why an adverse criticism of theological methods and beliefs, are not so often publicly exploited as their imp

ortance to society deserves. In the first place ex

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perience has shown that errors of religious belief, fixed upon the mind in infancy and youth, are seldom removed by discussion. We are not

yet arrived at that stage, when the love of truth

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so predominates in the minds of men, that they will sacrifice every prejudice, and reject all opposing influence to obtain it. Christiani

ty has imposed an elaborate system of prejudices o

n every young mind within its jurisdiction and they have become entwined with all the most hallowed associations of childhood, appealing so strongly to the affections, that any expressed denial of their exact truth e

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xcites, in most cases, a feeling of resentment, and often stirs to petty persecution. A[Pg 61] large majority of the human race accept their opinions from authority, and all authority here

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tofore has encouraged beliefs, which appear so inseparably connected with the moral well being of society, and which hold in continued supremacy, institutions and modes of thought whose su

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bversion it is alleged would be in many ways dangerous. Yet, the fact remains that it is mostly through its inroads upon these old beliefs that the world has arrived at its present stage o