Quote of Note #32: Bearing with Each Other in our Differences


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Wheeling Suspension Bridge, Wheeling, WV; photo by GAC

“We ought to endeavor to live in peace with those who are of different opinions from us.  ‘Tis a most unreasonable thing to take the liberty of contending with men because they cannot see with our eyes.  If this were granted, we would be at war with the greatest part of the world.  ‘Tis as unreasonable to strive with others because they can’t be in everything of our minds, as to quarrel with another because his differs in the color of his hair or features of his face.”

Jonathan Edwards, The Works of Jonathan Edwards, vol. 14: Sermons and Discourses, 1723-1729. ed. Kenneth P. Minkema. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1997, page 122.

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