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49. The adopting vicious precepts cannot be tolerated by the
intended good ends. 43. Fortune, like a woman, if too much wooed, is the further off
293 44. Divinity points upwards to the kingdom of God: philosophy
inwards to the goods of the mind..
The human foundation hath somewhat of the sands, as we see in M. Brutus, when he brake forth into that speech,
“ Te colui, virtus, ut rem; at tu nomen inane es ; yet the divine foundation is upon the rock.
WISDOM OF GOVERNMENT
293 1, Government is a part of knowledge, secret and retired. 2. In the governors towards the government all things ought to
be manifest. 3. Statesmen are the proper persons to write on universal justice
295 4. Of universal justice.
There are in nature certain fountains of justice, whence all civil laws are derived but as streams : and like as waters do tuke tinctures and tastes from the soils through which they run, so do civil laws vary according to the regions and governments where they are planted, though, they proceed
from the same fountains. 5. Of the wisdom of a law maker
296 6. Bacon intends a work in aphorisms upon universal jnstice.* 7. Of the laws of England
297 The whole book is not much better than that noise or sound which musicians make while they are tuning their instruments; which is nothing pleasant to hear, but yet is a cause why the music is sweeter afterwards : so have I been content to tune the instruments of the muses, that they may play that have better hands,
See the Treatise "De Augmentis," where some progress is made in this science, now nobly advanced, and advancing by the labours of Bentham,-(See note U.)
8. Observations upon the prospects of the progress of know
1. It is the sabbath of all men's labours. 2. The prerogative of God extends to man's reason, and to his
will. 3. Sacred theology is grounded upon the oracle of God. 4. The use of reason in matters spiritual is extensive.
The Christian Faith, as in all things, so in this deserveth to be highly magnified; holding and preserving the golden mediocrity in this point between the law of the heathen and the law of Mahomet, which have embraced the two extremes. For the religion of the heathen had no constant belief or confession, but left all to the liberty of argument; and the religion of Mahomet, on the other side, interdicteth argument altogether : the one having the very face of error,
and the other of imposture. 5. Uses of reason in spiritual matters
301 1. In the conception of revealed mysteries.
2. In inferences from revelation. 6. A treatise on the limits of reason in spiritual matters is
This would be an opiate to stay and bridle not only the vanity of curious speculations, wherewith the schools lahour, but the fury of controversies, wherewith the church
1. The matter revealed.
THE NATURE OF THE REVELATION.
1. Its limits. 2. Its sufficiency. 3. Its acquisition.
8. The points fundamental and of perfection ought to be distinguished
305 We see Moses when he saw the Israelite and the Ægyptian fight, he did not say, Why strive you ? but drew his sword and slew the Ægyptian : but when he saw the two Israelites fight, he said, You are brethren, why strive
The coat of our Saviour was entire without seam, and so is the doctrine of the Scriptures in itself ; but the garment of the church was of divers colours.
The Limits of the Information 9. Considerations respecting the limits.
1. The inspiration of individuals.
The Sufficiency of the Information
305 10. Considerations respecting the sufficiency.
1. Fundamental and perfective points of religion.
The Acquisition of the Information
806 11. It rests upon the sound interpretation of scripture.
They are the fountains of the waters of life. 12. Different modes of interpreting scripture.
This divine water, which excelleth so much that of Jacob's well, is drawn forth much in the same kind as na. tural water useth to be out of wells and fountains ; either it is first forced up into a cistern, and
from thence fetched and derived for use; or else it is drawn und received in buckets and vessels immediately where it springeth.
13. Methodical mode of interpretation.
It seems to be more ready, but is more subject to
1. Summary brevity.
3. Complete perfection. 15. Solute method of interpretation
308 16. There have been divers, curious but unsafe modes. 17. Divine knowledge beyond human reach. 1. The mysteries of the kingdom of glory. The angelical mode of exposition
309 The philosophical mode
. 309 To seek philosophy in divinity is to seek the dead amongst the living : neither are the pots or lavers, whose place was in the outward part of the temple, to be sought in the holiest place of all, where the ark of the testimony was seated. 2. The perfection of the laws of nature. 3. The secrets of the heart of man
311 4. The future succession of all
ages. 18. The expositions of scripture are not deficient. 19. A work is wanted of a sound collection of texts, not dilated
into common places, or hunting after controversies, or methodized, but scattered,
20. Different sorts.
The one being as the internal soul of religion, and the other as the external body. 1. Matter of belief. 2. Matter of science.
1. The nature of God.
914 Of the law, as to substance and style.
It imposes restraint where God granteth liberty, or in taking liberty where God imposeth restraint. 3. Liturgy
815 4. Government.
1. Patrimony of the church.
4. The laws of the church. 29. Diviations from religion.
I can find no space or ground that lieth vacant and unsown in the matter of divinity; so diligent have men been, either in sowing of good seed, or in sowing of tares.
Thus have I made as it were a small Globe of the Intellectual World, as truly and faithfully as I could discover ; with a note and description of those parts which seem to me not constantly occupate, or not well converted by the labour of man.