Jottings – Theological Arguments

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I beg leave, in my turn, to give you a few advices,

 

1. Be calm. Do not venture into the field again till you are master of your temper.

 

2. Be good-natured. Passion is not commendable; but ill nature still less.

 

3. Be courteous. Show good manners, as well as good nature, to your opponent, of whatever kind.

 

4. Be merciful. When you have gained an advantage over your opponent, do not press it to the uttermost. Remember the honest quaker’s advice to his friend a few years ago: ‘Art thou not content to lay John Wesley upon his back, but thou wilt tread his guts out?’

 

5. In writing, do not consider yourself as a man of fortune, or take any liberty with others on that account. Men of sense simply consider what is written; not whether the writer be a lord or a cobbler.

 

6. Lastly, Remember, ‘for every idle word men shall speak, they shall give an account in the day of judgment.’ Remember, ‘by thy words shalt thou be justified; or by thy words shalt thou be condemned.’

 

John Wesley, “Some Remarks on Mr. Hill’s Farrago Double Distilled,” quoted in Luke Tyerman, The Life and Times of the Rev. John Wesley, Vol. 3. (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1871), 162.

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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