Compulsion in the literal Sense is maliciously misrepresented, by supposing it authorizes Violences committed against the Truth. The Answer to this; by which it is prov'd, that the literal Sense does in reality authorize the stirring up Persecutions against the Cause of Truth, and that an erroneous Conscience has the same Rights as an enlighten'd Conscience.
compulsion quotesliteral quotessense quotesmaliciously quotesmisrepresented quotessupposing quotesauthorizes quotesviolences quotescommitted quotestruth quotesanswer quotesprovd quotesreality quotesauthorize quotesstirring quotespersecutions quotestruth quoteserroneous quotesconscience quotesrights quotesenlightend quotesconscience quotes
Do you doubt that the least effects of nature were not used as marks of the wrath of heaven? It was to the interest of pontiffs, priests, and augurs, as much as it is to the interest of lawyers and doctors that there should be lawsuits and sickness. No wonder they took care that the people should not grow slack in their religion.
So that, were it the purpose of God to produce comets as signs of his wrath it would be true to say that he is quickening a false devotion almost all over the world, increasing the number of pilgrims to Mecca, multiplying the offerings to the most famous impostors, inducing men to build mosques for Mohammedan worship, causing the invention of new superstitions among the dervishes - in a word, stimulating many abominable things which otherwise might not have been.
purpose quotesgod quotesproduce quotescomets quotessigns quoteswrath quotestrue quotesquickening quotesfalse quotesdevotion quotesworld quotesincreasing quotesnumber quotespilgrims quotesmecca quotesmultiplying quotesofferings quotesfamous quotesimpostors quotesinducing quotesmen quotesbuild quotesmosques quotesmohammedan quotesworship quotescausing quotesinvention quotessuperstitions quotesdervishes quotesword quotesstimulating quotesabominable quotesthings quotes
Consider, I pray, whether you are not renouncing all shame and sincerity to advance such principles. Because a comet appears in a group of stars which the ancients thought fit to call the Virgin, therefore, shall our women be barren, or have frequent miscarriages, or die old maids. I know of nothing which hangs so ill together! To offer such things in seriousness, shows the greatest contempt of mankind, and the most scandalous lying impunity.
pray quotesrenouncing quotesshame quotessincerity quotesadvance quotesprinciples quotescomet quotesappears quotesgroup quotesstars quotesancients quotesthought quotesfit quotescall quotesvirgin quoteswomen quotesbarren quotesfrequent quotesmiscarriages quotesdie quotesmaids quoteshangs quotesill quotesoffer quotesthings quotesseriousness quotesshows quotesgreatest quotescontempt quotesmankind quotesscandalous quoteslying quotesimpunity quotes