The Advancement of Religion-The Claim of the Times

The Advancement of Religion-The Claim of the Times

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1843 edition. Excerpt: ...might be thought to breathe into them the life of inspiration? When the living word was committed to our lips was it not meant to be uttered by living men rather than by an automaton? There needs higher preparations! The spirit is bound, and the outward man but expresses its contortions. But more particularly, why should the fruit of our studies for the pulpit be written and read? We speak not of special occasions, but of the ordinary discharge of the ministry. We are satisfied that the renewed tendency to this practice in our day is a retrograde, and not an advancing movement. It is said to supply the means of more correct statement and profound thinking. Occasionally it may have this advantage; as a habit it scarcely can. He who writes every thing he says, must write in haste; and look rather to the end of his task than to care in its execution. He has the trouble without the benefit. He writes; but without time to mature his thoughts or to improve his style. Besides, the time consumed in manual exercise prevents him, by meditation, conversing with himself; or, by reading, becoming familiar with the thoughts of other men. The mind is little cultivated; it is meagre and barren; it is wearied and worn by mere mechanical service; and its productions are cold, feeble, and artificial. We have observed carefully its influence here and in America; and these we think are its tendencies. The least that can be said of the practice is, that it is ineflicient. This is the faith of the world. Do they trust their vital interests in the senate and at the bar to written speeches and reading advocates? Would they tolerate read speeches, even in their theatres? Would it be suffered in the pulpit, if men were as fully interested in their spiritual as in their...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236649621
  • 9781236649621