David Scott on natural law and national religion

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... The practice of the ancient heathen rulers furnishes an argument for the public support of religion that ought not to be ignored. Ignorant as they were of supernatural revelation, they were necessarily thrown on the light of nature for direction. In such circumstances we have a right to apply the principle laid down by the Apostle Paul, when arguing with the Corinthians – “Doth not even nature teach you?”

Ignorant as they were of the true religion, the ancient heathen nations had an idea of the value and influence as a means of social improvement. However much their false religions may have failed as to the end proposed, their example shows at least that even the light of nature, dim as it is, suggests the obligation, to provide for the religious instruction of the community. …

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