Bibliotheca Sacra; A Theological Quarterly Volume 24

Bibliotheca Sacra; A Theological Quarterly Volume 24

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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. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ... pronounces its decisions directly upon the state of the will as seen by itself. Its judg _ ments are not of the concrete, but exclusively of the abstract. It does not say that the will of a particular person is virtuous or sinful. It has no means of asceidaining the state of his will. It cannot see it directly, as consciousness secs it, nor has it any power of reasoning or inference by which it can come to a knowledge of the subject..For this knowledge it is entirely dependent upon another faculty--the understanding. There must therefore, first, be an exercise of the understanding by which the state of the will is ascertained. But here it should be carefully noticed, that the understanding does not decide whether the will is virtuous or vicious. It is not competent to this. It is not capable of a moral idea. It decides only as to the tendencies of the will; that is, whether it has a state, or principle that tends to the honor of God and the good of man, or the contrary. As soon as the understanding has thus decided upon the character of the will, whether its decision is correct or not, the moral faculty gives its intuitive judgment. It says that a state of will which is obedient and benevolent is right. The case may be such that no further action of the moral faculty is required in respect to it. But if some expression of the state of the will thus approved, is to be made in external conduct, there must be another exercise of the understanding to decide in what manner this shall be done. On this point the moral faculty can say nothing. It has no knowledge of anything external. All that it does is to approve and require the exercise of a loving state of the will. Such a state, and such a state in exercise, it does require; but more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 517g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236787730
  • 9781236787736