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William Law

 Letters to a Lady

If all who wish well to Christianity and are desirous to stop the growth of infidelity would oppose it with their lives and produce the practice of true Christian virtues in defense of religion; infidelity would sink into the utmost shame and confusion, and Christianity would be more than mathematically demonstrated to common-sense.

But the misfortune is that in every attack we think there is something wanted in point of argument, and so are reaching in our thoughts for something new in the way of reasoning; whereas the enemy is in his state of strength and we in our state of weakness, because we are doing nothing but argue, and are contending for a dead Christianity; did we but begin its defense by entering upon new lives, the old arguments would be sufficient.




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