Thursday, 12 January 2006

John Toland: discoveries in theology

“And such is the deplorable Condition of our Age, that a Man dares not openly and directly own what he thinks of Divine Matters, tho it be never so true and beneficial, if it but very slightly differs from what is receiv’d by any Party ...; and yet a Man may not only make new Discoveries and Improvements in Law or Physick, and in any other Arts and Sciences impunibly, but also for so doing be deservedly encourag’d and rewarded.”

—John Toland, Christianity not mysterious: or, A treatise shewing that there is nothing in the Gospel contrary to reason, nor above it (London, 1696), pp. iv-v.

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