Extract from the Speech of John Mason Good, M.D., F.R.S., &c., Delivered at the Tenth Anniversary of the City of London Bible Society, Held at the Egyptian Hall of the Mansion-House, on Thursday, November 7, 1822
John M Good
Natural Theology, Ancient Authorities, Biblical Authority
Declares: 'To determine what the light of unassisted nature can accomplish, and what it cannot, it is necessary to ascend into times which preceded the great gift of evangelical knowledge to the world'. Considers that 'through a considerable portion' of the four thousand years preceding that 'glorious era', 'the light of reason was as closely cultivated, as nicely trimmed, and burned with as bright a lustre, as in our own day'. (305) Argues that in religion, all ancient peoples were utterly devoid of true doctrine, even as to the existence and attributes of God. Cites Rom. 1. 20 in support of this argument, and urges the necessity of Bible distribution.
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