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DOCTRINE OF INSPIRATION:
INFALLIBILITY, INSPIRATION, AND
BY THE REV. JOHN MACNAUGHT, M. A., OXON.,
INCUMBENT OF ST. CHRYSOSTOM'S CHURCH, EVERTON, LIVERPOOL.
Second Edition, Revised and Corrected.
"Have you seen your uncle's 'Letters on Inspiration,' which I believe are to be pub-
"If the word Inspiration be taken in such a sense as to include Infallibility,we can scarcely
LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, AND LONGMANS.
ALL RULERS, TEACHERS, AND OTHER THOUGHTFUL PERSONS
IS MOST RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED
BY THEIR HUMBLE SERVANT
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.
By way of preface to this Essay the author has only to say that, in the course of a protracted and earnest inquiry, he has not found any one book or teacher to give him a definite and satisfactory explanation of the very important term "Inspiration." There is, in one school of thought, much which has been written ably, undeniably, and, no doubt, honestly, in opposition to the common idea of Inspiration; and there is, in another school of thought, not a little which has been written truly, ingeniously, and piously in support of the common idea: but few, if any, earnest thinkers will call in question the desirableness, not to say the necessity, of some simple and self-consistent treatise which-while, on the one hand, it shall contain a refutation and abandonment of what is untenable in the popular notion, and, on the other hand, an assertion and demonstration of the true doctrine of Inspiration—shall at the same time vindicate a high reverence for the just authority of Holy Writ, and shall show how this reverence for the sacred volume is to be reconciled both with the articles of existing Creeds, and with the startling facts, bearing on Inspiration, which are made apparent by a diligent analysis of Scripture itself.
The object of this Essay is thus to be destructive of prevailing errors; to be constructive of a true doctrine of inspiration; to uphold the highest reasonable authority for