God designed all Mankind should at all times know, what he wills them to know, believe, profess, and practice; and has given them no other Means for this, but the Use of Reason.
Navarette, a Chinese missionary, agrees with Leibniz and says that "It is the special providence of God that the Chinese did not know what was done in Christendom; for if they did, there would be never a man among them, but would spit in our faces.
Matters of fact, which as Mr Budgell somewhere observes, are very stubborn things.
(Those who) impute such actions to God, as make Him resemble the worst of beings, and so run into downright Demonism.
I am so far from thinking the maxims of Confucius and Jesus Christ to differ, that I think the plain and simple maxims of the former, will help to illustrate the more obscure ones of the latter, accommodated to the then way of speaking.
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