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A Portraiture of Quakerism, Volume 3 by Clarkson

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A PORTRAITURE OF QUAKERISM.

TAKEN FROM A VIEW OF THE EDUCATION AND DISCIPLINE, SOCIAL MANNERS, CIVIL AND POLITICAL ECONOMY, RELIGIOUS PRINCIPLES AND CHARACTER, OF THE

Society of Friends

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BY THOMAS CLARKSON, M.A.

AUTHOR OF SEVERAL ESSAYS ON THE SLAVE TRADE.

VOL. III.

CONTENTS OF THE THIRD VOLUME.

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GREAT TENETS.

CHAPTER I.

_Civil government--Governors have no right to interfere in matters of religion--Nor are the governed bound to obey, where their consciences are oppressed by doing it--but they are to be willing to suffer the penalties annexed to their disobedience--and they are on no account to resist them by force of arms,_

CHAPTER II.

_Oaths--Christians are not to take civil oaths--Reasons of the Quakers for their disuse of them,_

CHAPTER III.

SECT. I. _War--Unlawful for Christians to fight--Scriptural passages in support of this tenet--Answers to these and replies,_

SECT. II. _These passages supported by the opinions and practice of the early Christians,_

SECT. III. _Objection to the motive assigned for this practice--Reply to this objection--Motive confirmed,_

SECT. IV. _Conduct of the early Christians further examined--While Christianity continued pure, they held it unlawful to fight--As it became less pure, their scruples against it declined--As it became corrupt, they ceased,_

SECT. V. _Reflections of the author on the foregoing subject--Supposed conversation with a superior being in another region--New arguments from thence,_

SECT. VI. _Subject further considered--Erroneous conceptions of those who argue in favor of the necessity of war--This necessary only where the policy of the world is pursued--Nature of this policy--But not necessary where men act on the policy of the Gospel,_

SECT. VII. _This doctrine confirmed by historical cases,_

SECT. VIII. _Final examination of the subject,_

CHAPTER IV.

SECT. I. _Maintenance of a Gospel ministry--Quakers hold it unlawful to pay their own ministers, or those of any other denomination, for their Gospel labours--Scriptural passages and historical facts relative to this doctrine,_

SECT. II. _Additional reasons against the payment of those of another denomination, as collected from a history of tithes,_

SECT. III. _A more particular statement of these reasons,_

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CHARACTER.

CHAPTER I.

_Character of the Quakers--Difficulties in the proper estimation of character--These removable in the present case,_

CHAPTER II. _Character general or particular--General is that of a moral people,_


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