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The doctrines of Friends (1849)


The doctrines of Friends (1849)

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    Elisha Bates
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II. OF REWARDS AND PUNISHMENTS. The doctrine of Rewards and Punishments, necessarily embraces the Immortality of the Soul, and the Resurrection from the Dead. It is not my intention at present to enter into a formal refutation of those sceptical reasonings, which have been advanced against the Immortality of the Soul, and those other Divine truths which are brought to light by the Gospel. Men, who deny everything which cannot be tested by the outward senses, will deprive themselves of the most pure and dignified enjoyments, which the Author of our existence intended for us. Nor indeed do the principles of scepticism stop here. There have been men of bright talents, who might have been ornaments to the age in which they lived : but, by adopting these principles, they were led on from doubt to doubt, until they not only denied the truths of Divine Revelation, but were placed in the same predicament with respect to the most familiar and indubitable transactions and objects around them. Assuming, as a general proposition, that the testimony of the outward senses does not amount to absolute certainty, they have gone on to argue, that we cannot certainly know anything. Those things which the common sense and common faculties of mankind denominate as facts, occurring under our own observation, they have supposed may be only ideas, and hence, even our own actions, health, disease, or broken bones, the separation from friends,or the loss of life, may be nothing but notions, in which there is no reality at all. The Academics, who were a branch of the Platonic school of philosophy, " laid it down as an axiom, that nothing can be known with certainty: the Pyrrhonists maintained that even this ought not to be positively asserted. (Adams' View, Introduction, p. 33.) Absur...  
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