Thursday, October 8, 2009

John Locke, THE REASONABLENESS OF CHRISTIANITY


THE
REASONABLENESS
Op
CHRISTIANITY,
AS DELIVERED IN THE
SCRIPTURES

John Locke.

THE PREFACE.

The little satisfaction and consistency that is to be found, in most of the systems of divinity I have met with, made me betake myself to the sole reading of the scriptures (to which they all appeal) for the understanding the Christian Religion. What from thence, by an attentive and unbiased search, I have received, Reader, I here deliver to thee. If by this my labour thou receives any light, or confirmation in the truth, join with me in thanks to the Father of lights, for his condescension to our understandings. If upon a fair and unprejudiced examination, thou findest I have mistaken the sense and tenour of the Gospel, I beseech thee, as a true Christian, in the spirit of the Gospel, (which is that of charity,) and in the words of sobriety, set me right, in the doctrine of salvation.

published anonymously in 1695

(http://books.google.com/books?id=ZsQYAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA1&dq=intitle:The+intitle:Reasonableness+intitle:of+intitle:Christianity&lr=&as_drrb_is=q&as_minm_is=0&as_miny_is=&as_maxm_is=0&as_maxy_is=&as_brr=1&output=text#PA1, 10-08-2009)