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ich conforms to the will of God as laid down in law--whether that law be a written revelation, nature, or the customs of society, (as in the case of the right and left hand,) as the exponent of that will — they are what is ordered in the case, and make the right.
Hence he condemns as wretched mummery the distinction admitted by M. Portalis, between obedience to a command, and obedience to what is right and just in itself, and, on the same ground, pronounces it highly improper to say, with Mr. Locke, God has a right to do it: we are his creatures.
For truly if his will be the ultimate genus of right, then he can have no rights, for there is certainly no superior to whose commands he conforms in the acts of his will.
But precisely at this point let us take our stand.
I affirm on the authority of Scripture, no less than sound philosophy, (always in harmony,) that God has rights, and that the distinction of M. Portalis is in many instances correct; and that hence Tooke, Dr. Paley, (wh