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" It were better to have no opinion of God at all. than such an opinion as is unworthy of Him; for the one is unbelief, the other is contumely: and certainly superstition is the reproach of the Deity. Plutarch saith well to that purpose:  "
New Elegant Extracts: A Unique Selection, Moral, Instructive, and ... - Page 79
by Richard Alfred Davenport - 1827
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The essays, or Counsels, civil & moral, with a table of the colours of good ...

1680
...Jiiperavimiis. XVII. t Of Superjiition. 1 T were better to have no opinion of God at I all, than fuch an opinion as is unworthy of him: For the one is Unbelief, the other is Contumely ; and certainly Superftition is the reproach of the Deity. Plutarch faith well to that purpofe: Surely (faith he) I...
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The Centinel. ...

1758
...Europe. H No. 1 1 6. Saturday, December $d, 1 757Jt were better to have no opinion of God at all thn fuch an opinion as is unworthy of Him : for the one is unbelief, the other is .contumely ; and certainly fuferjlition is the reproach of the Deity. ••'..• BACON. IT feems we have 'a fet of declaimed,...
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The Works of Alexander Pope, Esq, Volume 3

Alexander Pope - English literature - 1797
...changeful,'] " It were better," fays Bacon, in his iyth Eflay, " to have no opinion of God at all, than fuch an opinion as is unworthy of Him ; for the one is unbelief, the other is contumely : and certainly fuperftition is the reproach of the Deity. And as the contumely is greater towards God, fo the danger...
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The English enchiridion, a selection of apothegms,moral maxims. &c

John Feltham - 1799
...speak agreeably to him with whom we deal, is more than to speak in good words, or in good order. VII. It were better to have no opinion of GOD at all, than...certainly superstition is the reproach of the Deity, VIII. Riches are for spending, and spending for honour and good actions; therefore, extraordinary expence...
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The Eclectic review. vol. 1-New [8th]

1817
...application may be made of the opinion of Lord Bacon, expressed in his Essay on Superstition, that ' it were better to have no opinion of God at ' all,...an opinion as is unworthy of him : For the one * is but non-belief : The other is contumely : And certainly superstition is the reproaching of Deity. —...
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The works of Alexander Pope. Containing the principal notes of drs ...

Alexander Pope - 1806
...changeful,] " It were better," fays Bacon, in his I7th Efiay, " to have no opinion of God at all, than fuch an opinion as is unworthy of Him ; for the one is unbelief, the other is contumely : and certainly Superftition is the reproach of the Deity. And as the contumely is greater towards God, fo the danger...
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The works of ... Ezekiel Hopkins, arranged and revised, with a life of the ...

Ezekiel Hopkins (bp. of Derry.) - 1809
...thou art far worse than an atheist : for it is better to have no opinion of God at all, than to have such an opinion as is unworthy of him ; for the one is but infidelity, the other is contumely. Even Plutarch, a heathen, could say *, That it were far less...
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The Works of the Right Reverend William Warburton, D.D., Lord ..., Volume 3

William Warburton (Bp. of Gloucester), Richard Hurd - Theology - 1811
...rather wish to continue unknown than to be remembered with infamy. * " It were better (says BACON) to have no opinion " of God at all, than such an opinion as is unworthy * of him. — Plutarch saith well to that purpose. Surely " (saitb he) J had ruther a great deal [men should...
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The History of the Crusades: For the Recovery and Possession of ..., Volume 1

Charles Mills - Crusades - 1821 - 895 pages
...Francorum, p. 13. The reader must already have recollected and coincided in the opinion of Lord Bacon, that, "it were better to have no opinion of God at all,...certainly superstition is the " reproach of the Deity." Essay 17. Better be dumb than superstitious : Who violates the Godhead, is most vicious Against the...
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The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 3

Alexander Pope - 1822
...mortalibus instans !" Ver. 257. Go* partial, changeful,] " It were better," says Bacon, in his 17th Essay, " to have no opinion of God at all, than such an opinion as is unworthy of Him ; for one is unbelief, the other is contumely: and certainly superstition is the reproach of the Deity. And...
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