Splitting-hairs? (Robert S. Candlish)

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Those who are falling into gross error or even heresy often complain that those who are trying to prevent them from falling off a cliff edge are splitting-hairs:

For it is thus, for the most part, that the defence of the truth becomes complicated, and a prejudice is created against it, as if it turned upon mere wordcatching and hair-splitting. The reason is, that persons verging, perhaps unconsciously, towards dangerous error, shrink from realizing, even to themselves, the full extent and actual tendency of their aberrations and peculiarities; …

Robert S. Candlish, The Cross of Christ; The Call of God; Saving Faith: An Inquiry into the Completeness and Extent of the Atonement. With especial reference to the Universal Offer of the Gospel, and the Universal Obligation to Believe (2nd edn, Edinburgh: John Johnstone, 1845), p. 117.
 
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