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« f i th § ir cause could be discovered by the researches of human creatures ; if by human research a knowledge of the Supreme Being
could be obtained ; if this knowledge could be recorded ; then , the learned might consult the records , and inform the unlearned , and , thus , many might be made
Wise . But the fruits of such labour would always be of partial and uncertain distribution . A Panadelphian Quaker does not profess to seek divine instruction in the outward creation .
He rejects the doctrine , that the records , or languages , of human invention , are the sure vehicles of the Divine will .
-True wisdom cometh from above , js ^ infused into all , bringeth salvation and peace to those who yield
obedience to its heavenly dictates . This is the divine inspiration , the inward light vouchsafed to every human creature , which stilleth vain inquiries , recancileth us to our human lot ; which enableth
the creatures of a few fleeting moment § , to rejoice in hope , in their present state of being , to enjoy the present mutable condition , which
is allotted to them . To sustain our physical existence , to support our varied social relations , exertion ? are absolutely necessary ; expences must be incurred . It is not : so .. with love , friend * ship and reji ^ ion . f l ^ e consummation of sexual hve the sacred tie of marriage ,
^ Ult always be * accomplishable ] tf * q Society without expense . tndividua ) friendships can have Place with them as with other de ~ ^ rjwions of men .
Objections to the Doctrine of Necessity . 3 % 3
They must renounce the ob * . servances , accounted religious , to which expences are necessarily af « tacbed . *• All sacrifices and sacraments
are , . with them , of spiritual interpretation . In the silence of aft flesh they are effected , in the devotion of mind . Were it otherwise *
he who possesses worldly substance , could offer up incense more acceptable , than the man who is not possessed of , or who is ' not encumbered with , it .
An established polity or political economy , is generally neceq ^ sary for the regulation of cert $ k * J proceedings of associated bodies ? * and , according to circumstances * < they will be likely to vary wdfttt * Panadelphian Quakers .
It will be suited to the chniatQ . J of this part of the world , to hold / their different meetings undercover , and in situations admitting lig ( it , with comfortable accoramp * ^ dations ; to the physical order or .:. things , the stated vicissitudes af
day and night , arid changes of thq ' seasons , that their assemblies be / periodical ; to the present state o £ ^ society , that they mutually at ** ,, tempt the brotherly aid of each . ' other ; that unostentatious Ct > jK lections , from time to time , b $ . ; made for these useful purposes .
Objections to the Doctrine of $ ? fm cessit y * v * Sill , June 1 , 1813 Whether in the progress of ^ . ^ j nation towards refinement , JvpeiriQ ^ usually occurs , 4 doubtful and am- , biguous period , in which , tfy ^ , evils attendant on & < e cff ^ u ^ iw ^ , ' ^
of an enlightened and philosqpb j ^ v cal joHrRjft ^ wp ^ ' W , upon ^|^^ whole , ontvireigfe the benefits , % ^^ ,
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1813, page 513, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2431/page/25/