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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 48

He Believed in one God, and in no More

He Believed in one God, and in no More.

After this life he hoped for happiness. He believed that trae religion consisted in doing justice, loving mercy, in endeavouring to make our fellow-creatures happy, and in offering to God the fruit of the heart. He denied the inspiration of the Scriptures. This was his crime.

He contended that it is a contradiction in terms to call anything a revelation that comes to us at second hand, either verbally or in writing. He asserted that revelation is necessarily limited to the first communication, and that after that it is only an account of something which another person says was a revelation to him. We have only bis word for it, as it was never made to us. This argument never has been, and probably never will be, answered. He denied the divine origin of Christ, and showed conclusively that the pretended prophecies of the Old Testament had no reference to him whatever. And yet he believed that Christ was a virtuous and amiable man; that the morality he taught and practised was of the most benevolent and elevated character, and that it had not been exceeded by any. Upon this point he entertained the same sentiments now held by the Unitarians, and in fact by all the most enlightened Christians.

In his time the Church believed and taught that every word in the Bible was absolutely true. Since his day it has been proven false in its cosmogony, false in its astronomy, false in its chronology and geology, false in its history, and—so far as the Old Testament is concerned—false in almost everything. There are but few, if any, scientific men who apprehend that the Bible is literally true. Who on earth at this day, would pretend to settle any scientific question by a text from the Bible? The old belief is confined to the ignorant and zealous. The Church itself will before long be driven to occupy the position of Thomas Paine. The best minds of the orthodox world to-day are endeavouring to prove the existence of a personal Deity. All other questions occupy a minor place. You are no longer asked to swallow the Bible whole,