About Men and Things

About Men and Things

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ... like selfish and comparatively ignoble ends, with scarcely a thought or desire of becoming able to do good and promote the welfare of society actuating and sanctifying the eager incessant struggle after riches.--This is the shame. And the mischief is n.=t only in the lowering effect on the spirit of the people and on the tone of social life, (which is both cause and efiect of extravagant expenditure and vulgar ostentatious rivalry, ) but in the reckless gambling disposition, the unscrupulousuess, the shipwreck of integrity and honor, the defalcations and falseness to trusts, the dishonesties and frauds, that are engendered in this intense selfish struggle after great and quick-gained riches. We are going morally the road downwards with tremendous accelerating velocity, and where shall we come to? Pandemonium was built and paved with molten gold. XIII. THE PHARISEES. THE old Judean Pharisees of our Lord s time--how inseparably and forever they are woven into the story of the greatest historical Life ever lived upon the earth! We have no elaborate picture of them, only etchings of characteristic traits. They are spoken of as a well-known sort of persons. They are presumed rather than described. They appear here and there all along the story with brief bits of record of their notions, sayings and doings. Yet how clearly they stand out to the mind's eye! And how all mankind agree in thinking ill of them! Quite a notable fact. For almost always historical personages or classes of historical persons given over to general reprobation have found at least some one to stand up in their behalf, to say something in their praise or defence. But has anybody ever read a Eulogy on the Pharisees? Or a Vindication of the Pharisees? Or an Apology for...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236932234
  • 9781236932235