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THOUGHTS on various Subjects, from BUTLER.
THE following reflections we subjoin churches take the contrary course, and be
to those contained in a formerNum. lieve religion more concerned in one erber, without any apology.
roneous opinion, than all the most inhu“The enmities of religious people would man and impious actions in the world. never rise to such a height, were it not for “Charity is the chiefest of all Christian their mistake that God is better served virtues, without which, all the rest fignify with their opinions than with their prac. nothing: for faith and hope can only bring tices ; opinions being very inconsiderable, us on our way to the confines of this further than they have influence upon ac- world ; but charity is not only our contions.
voy to heaven, but engaged to stay with “ All reformations of religion seldom us there for ever.--- And yet there is not extend further than the mere opinions of any sort of religious people in the world, men. The amendment of their lives and that will not renounce and disclaim this conversations are equally unregarded. And necessary cause of salvation, for mere trifes though all the reformation our Saviour of the Nightest moment imaginable ; nay, preached to the world, was only repen. will not preposterously endeavour to letance and amendment of life, without cure their eternal happiness by destroying taking any notice at all of men's opinions that, without which it is never to be oband judgments; yet all the Christian tained. From hence are all their fpiritual September, 1761.