Drumfries: Printed by Robert Rae... 1715. 4to. , 27. [1 blank] pp. Disbound, lightly toned and dusted, portions of several lower blank margins spotted. Very Good.
Observing "That by Disputes about Religion, Contentions only are inflamed," the author seeks a solution to this "thornie" issue. "That both Church and State may enjoy, each their own Priviledges, is the design of this Essay." The University of Glasgow's entry on OCLC names John Pollock as the author.
England's established Church causes the author to advocate a greater involvement of civil government in religious matters than prevails in the United States. But otherwise, his prescription is very much like modern American conceptions of religious liberty: the Church is in charge of spiritual matters and gives "all due Respect and Obedience to the Civil Magistrate; whatever, with Scripture warrant, they can allow him, will not be wanting." The Magistrate provides the environment for the free exercise of worship. "Even Heathen Magistrates, may and ought to aid and help the Church. Whence it is, that by God's Command, Prayers are to be made for them." Differences of religious opinion do not justify disobedience to the civil ruler.
OCLC 181867601 [1- U Glasgow] [as of February 2015]. ESTC T56725 [four copies in the British Isles, one in the U.S. at the U of KS]. Item #31816