Observations in Defence of the Liberty of Man as a Moral Agent: In Answer to Dr. Priestley's Illustrations of Philosophical Necessity

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J. Johnson, 1779 - 244 pages

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Page 218 - God; who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil...
Page 216 - God, I have no pleafure in the death of " the wicked, but that the wicked turn " from his way and live : turn ye, turn ye st from your evil ways - for why will ye " die, O houfe of Ifrael ?
Page 178 - ... necessity of all men's voluntary actions would appear manifest. And therefore God, that seeth and disposeth all things, seeth also that the liberty of man in doing what he will is accompanied with the necessity of doing that which God will and no more, nor less.
Page 210 - The Lord killeth and maketh alive; He bringeth down to the grave and bringeth up.
Page 17 - Nor let any one say he cannot govern his passions, nor hinder them from breaking out, and carrying him into action ; for what he can do before a prince or a great man, he can do alone, or in the presence of God, if he will.
Page 141 - ... since they are not derived from it, and the wickedness of the one can never be used as a proof of the depravity of the other.
Page 12 - ... in eating and drinking. If he has the command of his own feet, fo as to go either this way or that or no whither, as fure he has, it is in his power to abftain from ill company and vicious places. And fo on e.
Page 145 - ... us under the form of our greateft intereft or good! How happy to have had a free independent power of acting contrary to motives, when the prevailing motive hath a bad tendency ! By this power we might have pufhed our way to virtue and happinefs, whatever motives were fuggefted by vice and folly to draw us back...
Page 3 - That there is some fixed law of nature respecting the will, as well as the other powers of the mind, and every thing else in the constitution of nature ; and consequently that it is never determined without some real or apparent cause foreign to itself, ie, without some motive of choice; or that motives influence us in some definite and invariable manner, so that every volition, or choice, is constantly regulated...
Page 200 - And Jofeph faid unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you; and they came near : And he faid, I am Jofeph your brother, whom ye fold into Egypt.

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