Views of Christian Truth, Piety, and Morality: Selected from the Writings of Dr. Priestley; With a Memoir of His Life (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Views of Christian Truth, Piety, and Morality: Selected From the Writings of Dr. Priestley; With a Memoir of His Life

IT is many years ago that the idea of the present publi cation occurred to me. In'looking at some of the works of this voluminous writer, I perceived that there were many passages, now unknown, which, if collected together, would form a valuable volume of religious instruction, ao ceptable to devout readers and honorable to the memory of the distinguished author. Various circumstances de layed the. Execution of the design, and I had finally com mitted it to the charge of a friend who proposed to do it at his leisure. Meantime some recent abusive notices of Priestley recalled my attention to the subject, and seemed to present a fitting occasion for a work which would at once instruct and animate religious readers, and do something toward vindicating the character of an injured man; a man, who, with all his errors, and they seem to me to have been many, was yet distinguished for a pure and unalienable devotion to the cause of Christianity, a strong piety, an incorruptible Love of truth, and an integ rity and simplicity truly apostolic. Little as I can sym pathise with many of his favorite views, I can still less sympathise with the injustice which consigns so much excellence to calumny and disgrace.

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