By William Carlisle
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As moral evil, thereinated, there cannot be a that fore, some evil principle predominates. must have been introduced, and have existed d 3 42 MORAL EVIL CONSIDERED. prior to bad example, bad example could not be the primary cause of moral evil. Mr. II. can no more account this which He for the introduction of world, than for those lie moral phenomena evil into of nature, beyond the confines of human perception. denies the account which Scriptures, therefore he a pathless is is given in the sacred obliged to wander upon ocean of uncertainty, confined in the barren precincts of speculation, and liable to -victim fall a the imposing influence of auti christian to dogmatism.
5. f Ibid. iii. 13. j 2 Cor. xi. 3. MORAL EVIL CONSIDERED. "* again, to those who examine the nature of moral beings, their secret springs of action, sical And given above. in establishing the opinion modes and operations of and the phy- intellect, ap- will it pear evident, that no external force can compel the will to choose any thing but under the notion of comparative goodness; therefore reason and Scripture fully harmonize, and the Mosaic account of the introduction of moral evil into this world, stands upon a firm and immutable which defies basis, opposition, from whatever quarter it may come ; all and the hopes of every orthodox Christian are built up- on an invulnerable foundation, which has stood firm and secure from the commencement of time to the present day, and will remain steadfast as long as Amidst the endures.
And is little less If natural and moral good were incapable of shining by their own intrinsic lustre, reason would compel us to infer, that each isdefective in its own nature } and from this inference MORAL EVIL CONSIDERED. we draw any conclusion which would could scarcely not amount to an impeachment of the Author of We can both. by no means suppose, that glorified we heaven, (whether spirits in consider them as na- from our tives of the celestial region, or as taken can stand in need of such an terrestrial abode,) unnatural aid, to make them and importance of human not debased the sensible of the value And felicity.
An Essay On Evil Spirits Or Reasons To Prove Their Existence: In Opposition To A Lecture, Delivered By N. T. Heineken (1825) by William Carlisle