The value of a maxim depends on four things; its intrinsic excellence or the comparative correctness of the principle it embodies; the subject to which it relates; the extent of its application; and the comparative ease with which it may be applied in practice.
In many things a comprehensive survey of a subject is the shortest way of getting at a precise knowledge of a particular division of it.
The doctrines of grace humble man without degrading, and exalt without inflating him.
So too, in forming a constitution, or in enacting rules of procedure, or making canons, the people do not merely passively assent, but actively cooperate. They have, in all these matters, the same authority as the clergy.
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