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INCONSISTENT

WITH THE

RELIGION

OF

JESUS CHRIST,

AS IT IS

INHUMAN, UNWISE,

AND

CRIMINAL.

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" And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many
people; and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their
spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more." Isaia

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PUBLISHED BY DODGE & SAYRE, No. 86 BROAD-WAY.

Gould & Van Pelt, I'rinters, 9 Wall-Street.

1815,

by
David Low Dodge
of 699
Dodge

ed by E.D. Mead

District of New York, ss. BE IT "EMEMBERED, that on the tenth day of April, in tlie thirtv.ninth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Messrs. Dodge & SAYRE, of the said district, have deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, viz. “ War Inconsistent with the Religion of Jesus Christ, as it

is Inhuman, Unwise, and Criminal " And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke

many people; and they shall beat their swords into plough. shares and their spears into pruning-hooks : nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." Isaiah.

In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled “ an Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the time therein mentioned.” And also to an Act, entitled “

an Act supplementary to an Act, entitled an Act for the encourage ment of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving and etching historical and other prints.”

THERON RUDD, Clerk of the Southern District of New-York.

PREFACE:

WHETHER 'war is really inconsistent with the religion of Jesus Christ, or not, is an inquiry of great importance to every Christian, especially, since its effects spread such distress in the world that the earth often bleeds at almost every pore.

While it is admitted by every christian that if the gospel universally influenced the hearts and actions of all mankind, it would totally destroy the spirit and practice of war from the face of the earth, it appears to be a self-evident proposition that war is contrary to the religion of Jesus Christ.

Since however it is a melancholy truth thať christians do engage in war with their fellow men, and since the nature and practical consequences of war, are such, it forms the strongest apology for offering an examination of it in the light of the gospel to the public.

In the following pages, I have considered war as inhuman, unwise and criminal, and have endeavoured to „tate and answer a number of popular objections, interspersing such general observations as were calculated to elucidate the subject.

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