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2. Let all the articles in four treatises 1 be set out in their order.

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1. Ager considers that the reference is to four of the treatises published in 1758 and mentioned in n. 72 below. TD 313 regards the reference as being to the Four Doctrines published in 1763.

  
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De Domino #2

        
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2. Exscribantur omnes articuli in 4 tractatibus ordine.

  
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Doctrine of Life #72

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72. When a person is no longer prompted by the evil of murder, but by the goodness of love for the neighbor, then whatever he does is an expression of that love’s goodness, and is consequently a good work.

A priest who is prompted by that goodness does a good work whenever he teaches or leads, because he acts from a love of saving souls.

A magistrate who is prompted by that goodness does a good work whenever he settles a matter or sits in judgment, because he acts from a love of promoting the welfare of the country, community, or citizen.

A businessman likewise. If he is prompted by that goodness, his every dealing is a good work. He possesses a love of the neighbor, and the neighbor is his country, his community, his fellow citizen, and also his domestic servants, whose welfare he promotes when promoting his own.

A workman, too, who is prompted by that goodness does his work faithfully because of it, for others as well as for himself, as afraid of doing harm to the neighbor as to himself.

Their deeds are good works because insofar as someone refrains from evil, so far he does good, in accord with the general law stated in no. 21 above. And someone who refrains from evil as being a sin does good not of himself but from the Lord (nos. 18-31).

The contrary is the case with a person who does not view instances of murder as sins, namely, instances of enmity, hatred, vengeance, and more. Whether he is a priest or magistrate, businessman or workman, whatever he does is not a good work, because every one of his works is infected by the evil that lies within. For his inner self is what produces the work. The outer action may be good, but good as it benefits others, not as it benefits himself.

  
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Every Religion Is a Way of Life, and Its Life Is the Doing of Good 1 No One Can of Himself Do Good That Is Good 9 Insofar as a Person Refrains from Evils as Being Sins, So Far He Does Good, Not of Himself, but from the Lord 18 1. If a person wills and does good before he refrains from evils as being sins, the good that he does is not good. That is because he is, prior to that, not in the Lord, as we said above. 24 2. If a person thinks and speaks piously, and does not refrain from evils as being sins, his pious thoughts and words are not pious. That is because he is not in the Lord. For example, if he goes to church often, listens devoutly to the sermons, reads the Word and books of piety, takes the 25 3. If a person gains much knowledge and wisdom, and does not refrain from evils as being sins, he is still not wise. The reason for this is the same as that before, that he has gained his wisdom on his own and not from the Lord. 27 Insofar as Someone Refrains from Evils as Being Sins, So Far He Loves Truths 32 Insofar as Someone Refrains from Evils as Being Sins, So Far He Has Faith and Is Spiritual 42 The Ten Commandments Tell Us What Evils Are Sins 53 Every Form of Murder, Adultery, Theft, or False Witness, Including Every Urge to Commit Them, Is an Evil Which Must Be Refrained from as Being a Sin 62 Insofar as Someone Refrains from Every Form of Murder as a Sin, So Far He Has Love for the Neighbor 67 Insofar as Someone Refrains from Every Form of Adultery as Being a Sin, So Far He Loves Chastity 74 Insofar as Someone Refrains from Every Form of Stealing as Being a Sin, So Far He Loves Honesty 80 Insofar as Someone Refrains from Every Form of False Witness as Being a Sin, So Far He Loves Truth 87 No One Can Refrain from Evils as Being Sins So as to Turn Away from Them Inwardly Except by Battles Against Them 92 A Person Must Refrain from Evils as Being Sins and Fight Against Them as Though of Himself 101 If Someone Refrains from Evils for Any Other Reason Than That They Are Sins, He Does Not Really Refrain from Them, but Only Keeps Them from Being Seen by the World 108
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