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The Peace Catechism on Christian Principles,
The leaf shown at the bottom of page 19 was found in the gutter of the book.
Q. What did he say to induce people to learn of him?
A. He said, “Learn of me; for I am meek and lowly of heart, and ye shall find rest to your souls.”
Q. What did Christ say of the poor in spirit?
A. “Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of God.”
Q. What of mourners?
A. “Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.”
Q. What of the meek?
A. Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth.”
Q. What of the merciful?
A. “Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.”
Q. What of the pure in heart?
A. “Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God.”
Q. What of peace-makers?
A. “Blessed are the peace-makers; for they shall be called the sons of God.”
Q. Did Christ also say, Blessed are the proud, the passionate and revengeful, the unmerciful, and the war-makers?
A. There are no such passages in the gospel.
Q. Whence cometh contentions and wars among men?
A. “Only pride cometh contention,” and war springs from the wicked lusts and passions of men.
Q. What does the gospel say of that love or charity, without which were are nothing?
A. “Charity suffereth long and is kind; charity envieth not; vaunteth not itself; is not puffed up; doth .not behave itself unseemly; seeketh not her own; is not easily provoked.”
Q. Is such the temper with which men make war, fight and destroy one another?
A. It cannot be.
Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, compiler and transcriber, “The Peace Catechism on Christian Principles by Philo Pacificus, 1816, pages 18-19,” Chasing Light Media, Cool Adventures
( https://cooladventures.com/collection/peace-catechism-philo-pacificus-1816-p-18-19/ : published 2021); Philo Pacificus (Noah Worcester), The Peace Catechism on Christian Principles (Boston: Wells and Lilly, 1816), p. 18-19; previously owned by Lydia Ann Chadwick (1807-1875); privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.