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CLAIMED IN SUPPORT
TOTAL HEREDITARY DEPRAVITY,
BY ELDER JAMES M. HOLLAND.
"OUT OF THINE OWN MOUTH WILL I CONDEMN THEE."
“ Man know thyself,” is a precept of great moment. Without self-knowledge no permanent foundation can exist, upon which to build a knowledge of the great diversity of things with which we are surrounded. Many of the religious delusions and impositions which have long existed, have obtained their influence and celebrity through a wide spread ignorance of human nature, and can exist no longer than men remain shrouded in this mantle of darkness; what, but ignorance of human na. ture, has led to the admission, by many religionists, of the doctrine of total hereditary depravity? A doctrine which, in order to its resutation, needs but one enlightened glance of the mind's eye at the principles of which man is composed. This doctrine, although incompatible with every principle of self-knowledge, is a precious in. gredient in many popular creeds.
Men with difficulty look within themselves, and being repeatedly told that their depravity is total and hereditary, take the truth of it for granted, on the mere ipse dixit of those who teach it, without that examination which is necessary for its refutation. Human nature has been systematically abused and misrepresented by those teachers who have supposed that men by nature are averse to all good and inclined to all evil, and that continually. What is this, but the representing of men to be, by nature, devils incarnate ? Is it possible that mis.