The Works of the Most Reverend Dr John Tillotson

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012 - 278 pages
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: and all human teftimony is fallible, for this plain reafon, It taufe all men are fallible. And though Mr. S. in defence of his beloved tradition, is pleafed to fay, that human te- /limony in feme cafes is infallible; yet I think no man before him was ever fo hardy, as to maintain, that the teftimonf of fallible men is infallible. 1 grant it to be in many cafes certain; that is, fuch as a confiderate man may prudently rsly and proceed upon, and hath no juft caufe to doubt oft nd fuch as none but an obftinate man or a fool can deny- And that thus the learned men of his own church define certainty, Mr. S. (if he would but vouchfafe to readfucb- books) might have learned from Melchior Canus; whof fpeaking of ike firmnefs of human teftimony in feme cafesf (which yet he did not believe to be infallible) defines it- thus: Thofe things are certain among men, which can- not be denied without obftinacy and filly. I know Mr. S. is pleafed to fay, that certainty and infallibility are all one; and he is tile firft man that I know of that ever faid it. And yet perhapi feme body may have been before him in it; or 1 remember Tully fays, that there is nothing fefooHJh? but feme philofepher or other has faid it. I am Jure Mr. S.'s ami philofopher, Mr. White, contraditfs him in thit inoft clearly, in his preface to RuftnuortWs dialogues, - where, explicating the term moral certainty; tells us, that t feme underlood by it fuch a certainty as makes the cauff always -work the fame effetf, though it take not away the abfelute pojfibility of working otherwife; and this, pre- fently after he tells us, ought abfelutely to be reckoned in the degree of true certainty, and the authors conjidered at ' miftaken in undervaluing it. So that, according to Mr. White, true certainly, may c...

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