DEMONSTRATION of the Gross and Fundamental Errors
by William Law
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William Law saw many changes during his lifetime: the laws and authorities of his
British homeland underwent a major shift, he switched from one career to another, and
his personal spiritual philosophies evolved dramatically over time. Among his many
writings, Law wrote polemical tracts, practical devotional books, and, later in his life,
mystical reflections. His work influenced some of the greatest minds of the 18th century,
including Samuel Johnson, George Whitefield, and John and Charles Wesley. This
particular essay responds to a book promoting deist and rationalist perspectives on
Christianity and Christian teaching. Law argues that one cannot reduce Christian faith to
mere facts and propositions. “Religion is the most plain, simple thing in the world,” he
wrote, “It is only, ‘We love him, because he first loved us.’”