William H. Goold: No government may take away our right to worship God

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Commenting on John Owen’s tract A Peace Offering, William H. Goold faults the author for what he saw as Owen’s inordinate modesty in the face of a government that had no authority to restrict its subjects’ right to worship God: ...

It seems impossible to read it without a mingled feeling of regret and indignation that there ever should have been a time when men breathing the spirit which our author here breathes should have been denied religious freedom and the rights of conscience on the soil of Britain. The chief fault of the tract is its very moderation, as “a humble plea,”—for an “indulgence,” too, in the exercise of those rights which no government is either able to confer or entitled to withhold, and the protection of which is one of the highest ends of government. ...

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