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The Peace Catechism on Christian Principles,
Q. What is said of the fruit of the spirit?
A. “The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.”
Q. Is such the fruit of the war spirit?
A. Certainly not, but the contrary in almost every particular.
Q. What is said of the wisdom which is from above?
A. “The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, with partiality, and without hypocrisy.”
Q. What is the war wisdom, when compared with the wisdom which is from above?
A. The war wisdom which is from beneath, is first impure, then contentious, passionate, unrelenting, full of malignity and evil fruits, partial and hypocritical.
Q. What does the gospel say is pure and undefiled religion?
A. “Pure religion and undefiled before God, even the Father, is this, to visit the fatherless and the widow in their affliction and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
Q. Is that also pure and undefiled religion which wantonly makes widows and orphans, and subject them to mourning and wo?
A. Surely it is not.
Q. How far does the gospel say that we should try to live peaceably?
A. It says, “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”
Q. What is said of Christ’s suffering for us, as an example?
A. “Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow his steps.”
Q. Must we then have the humble spirit of Christ to be his disciples?
A. The gospel says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,” and “If any man have not the spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”
Q. What is said of him who hateth his brother?
A. “He that hateth his brother is a murderer; and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.”
Q. Who is meant by a brother?
Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, compiler and transcriber, “The Peace Catechism on Christian Principles by Philo Pacificus, 1816, pages 20-21,” Chasing Light Media, Cool Adventures
( https://cooladventures.com/collection/peace-catechism-philo-pacificus-1816-p-20-21/ : published 2021); Philo Pacificus (Noah Worcester), The Peace Catechism on Christian Principles (Boston: Wells and Lilly, 1816), p. 20-21; previously owned by Lydia Ann Chadwick (1807-1875); privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.