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to doubt their testimony: and why Should not the same assurance serve in Sermon greater matters ; if an undoubted IV. assurance of a lesser benefit' and ad. vantage will make men venture as much. Why should any mạn desire greater assurance of any thing, than to have no just reason to doubt of it; why more than so much as the thing is capable of? I cannot possibly understand, why every man should not be contented with fufficient assurance, or for what reason å man should de. fire more than enough; and why a man should not be fatisfied that a thing is fo, when he hath as great affurance of it, and as good evidence for it, as he could have, suppofing it
And for men to say, Nothing less than infallible assurance can satisfie a man's mind, that men will always doubt so long as there is a possibility of the contrary, and there will be a possibility of the contrary, until we have infallible assurance, is as unreasonable as can be imagined. I ask any man, whether he be infallibly assured that there was such a man as William the Conquerour ? or that there is such a Countrey as
Spain? If he fay he is, I ask, Where Volume is his infallible evidence for this? He XII. will cite several Historians: but all
this is humane teftimony, and that is fallible. It seems then he is not infallibly certain there was such a man, or there is such a Countrey; and consequently there is a possibility of the contrary. 'Tis granted there is: But is any fober man unsatisfied in his mind, about these things ? I would fain meet with the man, that will tell me in good earnest, that he hath reason to doubt, whether there was such a Man, or not; and whether there be such a place as Spain, or not ? So that it is fond for any man to alledge a bare possibility of the contrary, as a reasonable cause of doubting concerning any thing, for which we have as good evidence as the thing is capable of.
Upon these grounds we can easily resolve our Faith. We believe the Doétrine of Christian Religion, because it is revealed by God; we believe it to be revealed by God, because it was confirmed by unquestionable Mira
clès; we believe such Miracles were
Sermon wrought; because we have as great
IV. assurance of this, as any Matter of Fact, at such a distance from the time it was done, is capable of. Now if the Papifts' say, This doth at last amount to no more than moral assurance; I grant it.doth not: but then i have proved this assurance to be as much as in reafon can be expected, and as much as is sufficient to the Nature and Ends of a Divine Faith, and that an infallible assurance is not agrees able to a human understanding ; but an incommunicable attribute and prerogative of the Divine. Nature, which whoever pretends toy he hath not the modesty of a Creature, but does by a facrilegious ambition attempt the Throne of God, and equal himself to the most High. And therefore it is no wonder that the Popes of Rome, after they had once assumed to themselves to be infallible, did presently arrogate to themselves the titles of God, there being such strict connexion between the attribute of infal. libility, and the Divine Nature, that
whoever challengeth the first, may Volume with equal Reason claim the oXII. ther.
I shall only add this, that nothing hath been more pernicious to Christian Religion, than the vain pretence of men to greater" assurance concerning things relating to it, than they can make good; the Mischief of which is this, that when discerns ing and inquisitive men find that men pretend to greater Matters than they can prove, this makes them doubt of all they say, and to call in question the. Truth of Christianity it self. Whereas if men would be contented to speak justly, of things, and pretend to no greater Assurance than they can bring Evidence for ; considerate men would be apt to believe them. Every knowing Man being more ready to listen to a modelt Man, whose confidence bears a proportion to the Reasons and Are guments he brings for what he says, than to a confident Pretender, who calls
every weak saying a Demonftration. And indeed such men are but justly dealt withal, since the ex
perience of the World hath suffici- mi ently taught us, that usually those Sermon who speak modestly of things are
IV. furnishid with the best Arguments for their Assertions; and that those who have made the strongest Prétences to Infallibility in any thing, have the weakest reasons for what they have said ; of which this account may be given, that good Rea=' fons and Arguments are requisité to beget in a man a rational assurance; but a strong conceit is sufficient to beget in men an opinion of Infallibility.
VI. What is the proper and genuin Effect of this Faith of a Divine Revelation? I Answer: A Compliance with the Design and Intention of it.
VII. In what respect this may be called a Divine Faith? To this I Answer : Not only in respect of the Object of it, and the Argument whereby it is wrought, and the EFfect of it: but likewise in respect of the Author and Efficient of it, whichi is the Divine Spirit. And here, if time would permit, I should speak